The Security Sector Reform Monitor

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, Haiti, Southern Sudan, Burundi and Timor-Leste. Each edition will comprise separate 10-page reports for each case study country. 

Adopting a broad definition of the security sector, the Monitor will cover a range of actors, topics and themes, including: trends in the security environment; the rule of law institutions (for example, policing, the justice system and prisons); the armed forces; the intelligence services; demilitarization activities; non-statutory security actors and norms (for example, militias and customary justice structures); security governance institutions (for example, executive, legislative and public finance management systems); civil society engagement; gender and human rights programming; the nature of donor aid and assistance; and the regional security environment.

Why an SSR Monitor?

While there are many stand-alone reports on the SSR processes in each of our case study countries, there is little continuous coverage and analysis. This has made it difficult for policy makers, practitioners and observers alike to adequately track progress in these settings and develop coherent benchmarks and indicators with which to measure change. The Monitor will provide a means to assess the medium- and long-term impacts of SSR programming.

Blind spots — such as penal systems, traditional security and justice mechanisms, and legislative oversight structures — are evident in existing reporting on SSR processes in post-conflict and fragile state contexts. A quarterly publication focusing on SSR in specific countries will provide better coverage of the breadth of SSR-related areas, including those that are characteristically underreported or overlooked.   

By providing ongoing reporting on a diverse set of case studies situated in different parts of the world, the Monitor will offer insight on the state of the security sector reform model and the challenges of implementation. It will also feed into broader policy debates on the future of SSR.

Field-Based Research

Research for the Monitor will be field based: a resident researcher in each case study country will coordinate data collection and analysis, with support from desk-based analysts at CIGI. Local researchers will focus on the entire country, not solely on developments in the capital region and major urban centers.  

The same research methodology will be used for each country, enabling comparative analysis. The Monitor will be both a clearinghouse for information on SSR in our focused countries, and a source of cogent analysis and policy advice.  

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