About the Centre for Security Governance

Our Story

The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the study of security and governance transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states. Based in Canada, the CSG maintains a global, multi-disciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and academics engaged in the international peace and security field.

The CSG seeks to enhance the effectiveness of donor assistance and support to SSR programs through its research, events, training and direct policy advice. Committed to innovation, the CSG employs various technological tools to advance its impact and reach, most notably long-distance training and conferencing platforms. Supporting promising analysts and academics as well as advancing new ideas and approaches are also core values of the centre. Through its active engagement with SSR donors and recipients on the ground in fragile and conflict-affected states, the CSG endeavours to translate research, advice and training into tangible improvements in SSR policy and programming.

Our Mission

Since the end of the Cold War, the experience of fragile, failed and conflict-affected countries has shown that without a security and justice architecture capable of meeting the human security needs of the local population, sustainable political stabilization, economic development and peace are tenuous and reversible. For this reason, it has become widely accepted that security sector reform (SSR) is a lynchpin for successful peace-building and state-building projects.

SSR seeks not only to improve the effectiveness of security and justice operators and institutions, but also to ensure that they adhere to core democratic principles including accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. This type of donor assistance adopts an expansive definition of the security sector, concerned not only with conventional security actors such as the armed forces, police and intelligence services but also the judiciary, civil society actors, non-state security and justice structures and legislative and executive governance mechanisms.

Although the SSR model has now been mainstreamed in international donor policy and practice, enjoying a broad consensus in the development and security communities, its record in translating its core principles into effective interventions on the ground has been chequered. There are few clear SSR success stories to point to, revealing a distinct gap between policy and practice that has led some donors, recipients and observers to question existing SSR approaches. Greater scrutiny of SSR orthodoxy has created an opportunity to transform the concept and narrow the policy-practice gap, making the approach more effective on the ground and better attuned to the security and development needs of recipient populations. The mission of the CSG is to support this transformation through world-class research, training and policy engagement.

Partners

Security Governance Group

The Security Governance Group (SGG) is a private research and consulting firm headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, which specializes in the security and governance dimensions of state building, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction. The firm combines grassroots, field-based practitioner experience and policy expertise with excellence in research and analysis. Its principal customers are think tanks, NGOs, government agencies and academic institutions.

Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) is an independent research centre dedicated to advancing security of the citizens and society they live in on the basis of democratic principles and respect for human rights. In the midst of the Centre’s interest are all policies aimed at the improvement of human, national, regional, European, and global security. BCSP supports consolidation of security sector reform and integration of Western Balkan countries into the Euro Atlantic community through, research, analysis and policy recommendations, advocacy, education, publishing, expert support to reforms, and networking of all relevant actors.

Heritage Institute for Policy Studies

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research and analysis institute based in Mogadishu, Somalia. Its mission is to inform public policy by providing independent empirical research and analysis, and by creating an enabling environment for inclusive dialogue. HIPS promotes human rights and encourages diverse voices to be heard by harnessing a broad range of ideas and perspectives on critical issues for Somalia.

Institute for Security Studies

The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa. Regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal. The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. The mission and overall goal of the ISS is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.