Policing and Police Reform in Complex Environments – eLearning
The SSR Backgrounders provide concise introductions to topics and concepts in good security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). The series summarises current debates, explains key terms and exposes central tensions based on a broad range of international experiences. The SSR Backgrounders do not promote specific models, policies or proposals for good governance or reform but do provide further resources that will allow readers to extend their knowledge on each topic. The SSR Backgrounders are a resource for security governance and reform stakeholders seeking to understand but also to critically assess current approaches to good SSG and SSR.
Recommended Reading List (2015): Democratic Policing in Security Sector Reform
(Security Sector Reform Resource Centre, Centre for Security Governance)
National Security Strategies
A National Security Strategy or Policy (NSS or NSP) is a key framework for a country to meet the basic needs and security concerns of citizens, and address external and internal threats to the country. NSS/NSPs incorporate a number of key issues as a way of ensuring their relevance, public legitimacy, ownership, and sustainability, as well as facilitating their implementation and improving the efficiency of how security is provided.
◾Oversight and accountability
SSR Programming Trends, Challenges and Emerging Issues
Alexander Burian, DCAF-ISSAT
This SSR tool is a collated knowledge database, divided into 4 sections: trends, challenges and issues.
Part 1: Policy, Concept and Approach to SSR
Part II: Project Design and Formulation
Part III: Project Implementation
Part IV: Monitoring and Evaluation
Public-Private Partnerships Hub (PPPs Hub)
The Public-Private Partnerships Hub (PPPs Hub) seeks to foster, connect and support multistakeholder approaches in security governance through effective cooperation and innovative partnerships between national authorities, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector. The PPPs Hub promotes initiatives that bring these stakeholders together to realise shared security and development goals.
The PPPs Hub provides easy access to information on DCAF multistakeholder activities.
The Malian Crisis: A Security Sector Perspective
(SSR Resource Centre, 10 November 2016)
David Law, Senior Fellow of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG), presents a three-part blog providing a security sector perspective on the ongoing crisis in Mali and focuses on stabilization and security sector reform challenges.
Security Management in Northern Mali: Criminal Networks and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms
(RESEARCH REPORT Vol 2012, No 77)
(Kalilou Sidibé, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2012)
This research report highlights the questions concerning the three principle and intertwining security threats in the North of Mali which are: trafficking, rebellious uprisings and terrorist activity. In fact, any attempts at maintaining law and order are undermined by the fragility of state structures, and the lack of equipment and infrastructure for the armed forces.The Malian government endeavours to address these challenges by adopting and implementing security and anti-terrorism policies. External partners support the Malian government in its efforts through a variety of joint anti-terrorism and development policies. Furthermore, local communities work alongside state actors.
Mali SSR Background Note
(DCAF-ISSAT, 23 May 2016)
“Country Case Studies to Inform the EU-wide Strategic Framework for Supporting SSR”
Findings from the Ukraine, DRC and Mali
(Final Report, 11 March 2016,DCAF-ISSAT)
The Council Conclusions of 18 May 2015 launched the process of reviewing the EU SSR policies by mid-2016 with the aim of developing an EU-wide strategic framework for supporting SSR. Within this timeframe a certain number of steps need to be carried out to take stock of where the EU stands in terms of SSR. These include what are the main lessons identified over the last decade, what has been learned and how could the good practices be integrated and bring added value to future EU support to SSR processes in partner countries.
This mandate was to support the EU in this stocktaking exercise, focusing on the analysis of three countries where the EU has supported SSR processes: DRC, Mali and Ukraine. The main objectives were to: 1) capture recent and hands-on experience from EU support to SSR across the different regions of the world; 2) analyse what works/does not work; and 3) identify the good practices to inform the new EU-wide strategic framework on SSR
WHEN WARRIORS PUT ON THE BADGE
“Many veterans make careers in policing. Some bring war home”
By SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM and BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL
Additional reporting by TOM MEAGHER
Marshall Project / USA Today Network (30 March 2017)
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