Civilian Deployment

START deployed civilian experts to assist the Government of Haiti and the international community coordinate an assessment of essential security infrastructure and capacities to help plan for early recovery and reconstruction efforts.

Responding to stabilization and reconstruction needs in fragile states involves addressing a wide range of issues, which can require both military and civilian expertise, including the provision of physical security, establishing legitimate political institutions, and the delivery of basic administrative and social services. START is working to expand Canada's whole-of-government capacity for deploying civilian experts to fragile states. This includes the management of the Canadian Police Arrangement (CPA) and the deployment of other Government of Canada expertise. START also coordinates Justice Rapid Response's (JRR) policy and has chaired the international JRR Coordinating Group since 2008.

START facilitates Canada's active contribution to international crisis management, inter alia, by:

  • Deploying Canadian civilian experts to acutely fragile or crisis effected states identified as priorities for the Government of Canada. In 2008, Canada deployed over 300 full time civilians, primarily through the CPA, paid for by START's Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF).

  • Expanding Canada's whole-of-government capacity for deploying civilian experts to fragile states. In Afghanistan, projects recently funded by GPSF involve strengthening border management by training Afghan officers through Canada's Border Services Agency (CBSA) and improving prison reform by providing training and strategic advice through Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

  • Collaborating with our like minded partners on the preparation, deployment and evaluation of a civilian response to enhance cooperation and ensure efficiencies of scale. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, START deployed civilian experts to assist the Government of Haiti and the international community coordinate an assessment of essential security infrastructure and capacities to help plan for early recovery and reconstruction efforts.

START Examples of Civilian Deployment