Welcome to CESS

Our office is in the Dutch city of Groningen, but our experts live all over the world. Our mission is to promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the field of security.

In our programmes we engage in training and coaching on good governance issues, parliamentary oversight, process management in parliaments and Security Sector Reform (SSR). We provide training (including training of trainers) and develop training material for practitioners in government agencies, parliament, media and civil society. We teach all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Watch our 5-minute video or read our SSR brochure for more information.

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New project in the Georgian Parliament


Between May and November 2016 CESS will be conducting a new project in the Georgian Parliament, called "Conducting Effective Research and Improving Communication of the Research Department". This project is generously funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Tbilisi and it is the third project in a row (since 2013) which CESS is implementing in the Georgian Parliament. The aim of this project is to improve the image and functioning of the Research Department within the Parliament as a provider of neutral and balanced information, analysis and recommendations. 


Continuation of the CESS project in Macedonia


CESS has been awarded a grant by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje to implement a project that aims to support the Macedonian Parliament by fostering professionalism, work ethics and integrity amongst the staff and leadership. The project is a continuation of the previous work of the CESS in Macedonia (2014/15) and will run between March 2016 and January 2017.


CESS Movie

CESS The Movie

SSR training: Simulation Exercise

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CESS SSR Courses

At this moment CESS offers the following SSR Courses:

  • SSR Introductory Course
  • SSR Advanced Course
  • Defence Course
  • Law Enforcement Course
  • Intelligence Course
  • Disaster Relief
  • Training of Trainers

CESS SSR Training

Key elements of the CESS SSR training:

  • Interactive
  • 3-5 day courses
  • Simulation exercise
  • Groups of max. 20 participants
  • Experienced trainers
  • Tailor made

See our SSR Training Brochure (PDF).