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Special Collection

New Approaches to SSR in Africa

Collection launched: 20 Apr 2018

Papers are still being added to this collection; please check this page for future updates.

Security sector reform (SSR), as it is applied in war-to-peace transitions and broader state building projects, is undergoing a period of change. Over a decade of case study analysis—particularly in conflict-affected environments—has revealed challenges in applying the SSR model outlined in formative documents like the OECD DAC Handbook on Security System Reform. Many of the principal tenets of the SSR model, like its holistic character, focus on governance, and human security orientation have proven difficult to translate into practice.

As a result, there is a renewed interest in SSR programming that is more flexible, sensitive to power dynamics, adaptive, and inclusive of a wide range of actors. The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) has completed several major research projects in this area, including Exploring the Transition from First to Second Generation SSR in Conflict Affected Societies, and Non-State Security Providers and Political Formation in Conflict-Affected Societies. To continue to pursue these ideas in partnership with key research centers in Africa, the CSG has organized this special collection to disseminate innovative research and promote new policy ideas, with a focus on those generated by African researchers and institutions. This special collection would not have been possible without the support of the Knowledge Platform on Security and Rule of Law (KPSRL) and the partnership with the African Security Sector Network (ASSN).

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Photo credit: A young Somali boy greets a Ugandan soldier serving with The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the central Somali town of Buur-Hakba. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.