Category: Publication Summary

Community Security in Kenya’s Frontiers

Saferworld’s new report, “Matching needs with resources: National Police Reserve and community security in Kenya’s frontiers,” provides a useful overview of the significance of local security provision in fragile and conflict-affected countries while highlighting key challenges to effective security governance. This report provides lessons learned and good practices that are not only useful for Kenya, but can be used to design and implement better local security and justice initiatives elsewhere.

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Programming Tools: Another Way of Keeping External Control of the SSR Process?

In May 2015 the Geneva-based International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), published a document entitled “Top 10 Programming Tools for Security Sector Reform”. The work explains the methodology and benefits of their favorite ten tools: PESTLES Analysis, RBM, Stakeholder Analysis, Power/Interest Matrix, Conflict Mapping, the CIS Framework, Effects Estimate, SWOT Analysis, Organization Mapping and Gap Analysis.

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Progress in Small Steps: Security against the Odds in Liberia

This case study report analyzes Liberia’s progress in security since 2003, after 14 years of conflict. It discusses progress achieved in personal security since 2003, analyzes the factors that contributed to this progress, examines remaining challenges, and identifies policy lessons. When compared to other factors that are driving the change in security, security sector reform has been a small but significant factor to improving Liberia’s security environment.

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Gender, Security and SSR in Lebanon

This report is part of a series of publications that explore Lebanese citizens’ perceptions of security institutions and threats. This report focuses specifically on the links between gender and security. It examines “the role of gender in Lebanese security perceptions, Lebanese perceptions of security institutions, as well as gender dynamics within security institutions.” This summary will discuss the most important points of the report in these areas.

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Building the capacity of the Malian police: Why MINUSMA needs to think outside the box

This article summarizes the policy brief “Building the capacity of the Malian police: Why MINUSMA needs to think outside the box” by the Institute for Security Studies. This policy brief examines the police component of the MINUSMA and recommends how the capacity-building aspect of the peacekeeping mission can be strengthened. It also identifies the real challenges facing MINUSMA and pin points its shortcomings.

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The UN Mission in South Sudan’s Growing Challenges

The Stimson Center’s report “Will They Protect Us for the Next 10 Years?” Challenges Faced by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, examines the growing challenges faced by the UN mission (UNMISS) and how best to address them. In addition to examining the threats and challenges faced by the UNMISS, the report provides recommendations on how it can best prioritize its scarce resources. These recommendations are summarized here.

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Note – Georgia’s Security Sector Review Project Final Report 2014

The Atlantic Council of Georgia has published the Final Report of its Georgia Security Sector Review Project. The report offers a “review of the institutional, functional and legal aspects of the Georgian security sector,” in particular, its ministries of defence, internal affairs, as well as its intelligence agencies. The report also explores the question of oversight (both parliamentary and civic) and the role of non-governmental organizations in security sector reform.

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