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L'épidémie de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) qui a sévi en Afrique de l’Ouest en 2014-2015, plus particulièrement en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone, a engendré plus de 28 000 cas et fait plus de 11 000 victimes.
The Security Sector’s Role in Responding to Health Crises representatives from key regional organizations involved in the Ebola response, including the African Union (AU) and the Mano River Union (MRU), as well as additional researchers, Ebola Task Force coordinators at national and regional levels, and representatives of the diplomatic and international community based in Freetown. Participants shared practical recommendations to facilitate better preparedness to mitigate future epidemics.
The ‘Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ (DCAF) was established in 2000 as an international foundation whose mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector (SSR). DCAF’s work is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace.
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have just published the third edition of the Addressing security and human rights challenges in complex environments Toolkit. The Toolkit is a guidance document structured around real-life security and human rights challenges faced by companies operating in complex environments.
L’ étude cartographique des institutions de médiation pour les forces armées dans les pays francophones d’Afrique sub-saharienne est un projet initié sous l’égide de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) en collaboration avec le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées – Genève (DCAF) dans le cadre du programme de l’OIF « Apporter un appui au maintien et à la consolidation de la paix ».
This mapping study project on ombuds institutions for the armed forces in francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa draws on extensive research undertaken as part of a previous OIF-DCAF research project in 2013 entitled “Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal”.
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an international foundation established in October 2000 under Swiss law and on the initiative of the Swiss government.
DCAF at a Glance
À la lumière de l’évolution rapide de la situation sécuritaire en Afrique de l’Ouest, la présente étude analyse les documents régionaux de la CEDEAO relatifs à la RSS, en insistant sur les difficultés de mettre en œuvre les normes adoptées. Elle évalue ensuite le soutien concret apporté par la CEDEAO aux processus de RSS dans la région, à la fois en tant que partenaire et en tant qu’acteur de premier plan. Elle décrit les obstacles que la CEDEAO aura à surmonter et les opportunités qu’elle devra saisir si elle veut promouvoir la RSS.
In light of the rapidly changing and evolving security situation in West Africa, this paper analyses ECOWAS policy documents relating to SSR and highlights the challenges of translating norms to practice. It assesses ECOWAS’s concrete support to SSR processes in the region, both as a partner and as a leading actor and outlines challenges to overcome and opportunities to be seized by ECOWAS in its role in supporting SSR.
Benjamin S. Buckland and Anna Marie Burdzy
Although subject to little discussion, the UN has increasingly paid private military and security companies (PMSCs) for a range of services in the areas of humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding and development. However, this practice has rarely translated into coherent policies or guidelines that could guide the UN in setting standards or ensuring responsible contracting procedures.
Armed nonstate actors, be they insurgents, vigilantes, or criminal groups, are a common challenge in many African countries. Despite being illegal and clandestine, such groups often develop a mutual dependency with communities and civilians for security or economic relations. This has broadened strategies to manage these threats.
A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform seeks to encourage and empower women to take part in shaping and transforming the security sector in their communities and countries. Even if they have not formally studied security, women often have essential knowledge of community security needs, and have an important contribution to make to security sector reform (SSR).
Le Guide pour les femmes sur la réforme du secteur de la sécurité cherche à encourager et renforcer la capacité des femmes à participer à l'élaboration et à la transformation du secteur de la sécurité dans leurs communautés et pays. Même si elles n’ont pas formellement étudié la sécurité, les femmes ont souvent une connaissance essentielle des besoins de sécurité de la communauté, et ont un rôle important à jouer dans la mise en œuvre des processus de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité.
On 4-6 June 2012, DCAF hosted a three-day workshop on gender training for the security sector in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop brought together thirty-six gender training experts from around the world to share and discuss good practices and lessons learned in delivering gender training to defence, police and other security audiences.
The topics covered during the workshop were:
On 2-4 May 2012, the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Botswana hosted a SADSEM/DCAF Security, Defence and Gender Training and Education Workshop. The workshop brought together seven Southern African Defence and Security Management (SADSEM) network institutions, DCAF and several local gender resource persons. The eighteen workshop participants initiated a process to review and adjust SADSEM’s training curriculum for their executive short courses on security and defence issues in order to ensure that it incorporates gender issues.
This volume sets out to break down these stove-pipes and identify positive associations between DDR and SSR. Drawing on case studies from selected post-conflict settings, it demonstrates the potential and reality of improved collaboration between both endeavours. Enhanced cooperation could avoid negative outcomes. These may include former- combatants dropping out of programmes, trust undermined in security institutions and the creation of security vacuums that jeopardise the safety of individuals and communities.