Humanitarian Health Action

Inter-Agency Integrated disarmament, demobilization and reintegration standards

1 August 2006

"The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants and those associated with armed groups is often a prerequisite for post-conflict stability and recovery. Of course, there can be no substitute for national leadership and the political commitment of warring parties to disarm and demobilize. But in a peacekeeping environment, a successful DDR programme depends highly on the ability of the United Nations system to plan, manage and implement a coherent and effective DDR strategy."