Tag: Local Ownership

Security Sector Reform and the Paradoxical Tension between Local Ownership and Gender Equality

Based on research published in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, this blog contribution analyzes the tension that can exist between the principles of local ownership and gender equality that guide Security Sector Reform (SSR) programmes when gender discrimination and patriarchal values characterize the local environment.

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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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SSR, Local Ownership, and Community Engagement

Local ownership is widely considered to be one of the core principles of successful security sector reform (SSR) programmes. Nonetheless, a gap remains between policy and practice. Even with recent improvements in promoting local ownership of SSR, the concept remains vague and, at best, narrowly interpreted – both in terms of what ownership constitutes and who the locals are.

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Security Sector Reform and Gender Equality

It is broadly agreed that local ownership, mainstreaming gender issues and promoting gender equality in security sector reform projects are recognised as essential to achieving successful programmes. And though the core principles of local ownership and gender equality are intertwined, there are cases where local actors may not share the Western liberal norms and values underpinning democratic governance, human rights and gender equality.

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