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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CESS continues its work in the Western Balkans


Between February 2018 and January 2019 CESS will embark on a new capacity-building project of one year, aimed at strenghtening the key functions of the Assembly of Kosovo. This project is generously funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project will consist of a baseline assessment mission, four training courses for a group of carefully selected parliamentary staffers and four coaching trajectories for several MPs from different committees.   


EUCAM deepens engagement with Fellowship Programme


With the support of the Open Society Foundation, CESS is now extending its work to offering fellowships in the framework of its EUCAM project. The EUCAM-SF project will host three groups of each three fellows for periods of 12 weeks at the CESS office in Groningen between 2018-2019. The fellows will be young nationals from Central Asian states that work in academia or civil society. 


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).