The fourth edition of the Security Sector Reform Monitor: Burundi focuses on oversight and democratic control of the security sector. This SSR Monitor looks closely at the creation and development of Burundi’s new army, the National Defence Forces (FDN), and the specific challenges it faces in managing its structure following demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) and professionalizing and training its members. It also looks at management and oversight, the army’s relationship with the Burundian public and the specific challenges faced by Burundians in moving forward with FDN reform plans.

The Security Sector Reform Monitor is a quarterly publication that tracks developments and trends in the ongoing security sector reform (SSR) processes of five countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor, Haiti and South Sudan. Every quarter, there will be separate editions for each case study country. Adopting a holistic definition of the security sector, the Monitor will cover a wide range of actors, topics and themes, from reforms in the rule of law institutions and armed forces to demilitarization activities and the role of non-statutory security and justice actors.