Last year, we organised a workshop on the integration of entrepreneurship (E) with the comprehensive approach (Defence, Diplomacy and Development: 3D). This session focused in general on the role and meaning of E, and more specifically on questions like: What role does Dutch companies in Africa in conflict-affected and/or fragile states have?; How can companies cooperate with Defense?; Hoe does a company deal with riots and rebellion?; What opportunities are there for the Dutch private sector?; and so on. Experiences and ideas from the private sector are inevitable in drawing up a policy/manual.
Policy-makers believe that the E's role in local security and missions in increasing. After all, economic growth and security go hand in hand and reinforce each other. The private sector might have a role in conflict resolution, conflict recognition, providing useful information for military intervention/mission and they might benefit of the created opportunities during the reconstruction. Military presence, on the other hand, can also secure your businesses.
Criticism on security missions often focuses on the exclusion of existing knowledge from the ground, such as Dutch businesses that are locally operating. During this exercise, preparations will be made for military performance in South-Sudan. All Dutch and German companies that are operating in South-Sudan are more than welcome to participate to share their vision about military involvement and how they can contribute to the mission. Your time contribution will be modest and transport and accommodation will be provided by the Ministry of Defence. NABC will be present as well.
“Common Effort 2015”
May 18-22, 2015, Berlin, Germany
– an exercise and event to build effective interaction between civil and military organisations –
Operational experience has shown that building effective interactions between civilian and military actors is essential to address the challenges in crisis situations. Experiencing the different roles and perspectives, timelines, backgrounds, values, interests of each other will improve and foster the understanding between the civil and military actors. This will help to develop a comprehensive or integrated approach appropriate for the complexities of a mission.
The First German Netherlands Corps (1GNC) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with NGOs are planning an exercise and event for intensive civil-military interaction. Building on exercises since 2010, which included many civil, governmental and military actors, Common Effort 2015 will have a new exercise format focusing on planning and ending a mission, using a realistic scenario based on (historical) situations in South-Sudan and the UNMISS mandates. A main theme is the Reconciliation process. The new format should allow for rich interactions between participants in relevant scenario contexts while keeping time costs as low as possible.
Common Effort 2015 is planned for May 18-22, 2015 at the Julius Leber Barracks in Berlin, Germany. We expect representatives from the German and Netherlands ministries, International organisations, non-governmental organisations, private parties, police, and 1GNC.
Parallel to the exercise Common Effort 2015 a ‘formal’ Common Effort Community will be established where the participants subscribe to the efforts to develop the Comprehensive Approach further (see the Common Effort Community flyer).
For more information, please contact Maryn Kleingeld.
Photos May 2014
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