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The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) entrusted ISSAT to conduct a sectoral analysis in three Sahel countries (Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso). ISSAT is going to carry out assessments, elaborate practical tools and develop recommendations related to Security and Justice Sector Reform. Those activities aim at providing guidance to and fostering the coherence of existing and future projects supported by the European Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (Lake Chad/Sahel Window).
The project’s methodology aims at designing a shared reference base, which seeks to identify fundamental elements for ensuring the optimal functioning of a security system. On this basis, an evaluation grid will be developed and used in field missions in order to assess institutional needs in the security sector. The population’s needs are equally taken into account through perception surveys. An assessment of institutional cooperation in the field of security for each country, on a regional scale and with international partners, will also be conducted. The outcome of those various steps will allow for the formulation of operational guidance to the European Trust Fund, enhancing consistency and improving the effectiveness of its projects in the Sahel.
4-5 September 2017: Kick-off meeting.
On 4-5 September, ISSAT welcomed experts enlisted under this project as well as members of the formed consortium, from Clingendael, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Civipol Agency, Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI) and the Belgian Development Agency (CTB).
13-15 September 2017: Working session on project methodology.
As part of ISSAT's mandate, experts from the region were received in Geneva on 13-15 September. Experts from Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso and Mali with considerable experience in the areas of justice, governance, interior security and defence made a meaningful contribution to our mission. The panel contributed to the development of an assessment reference framework, which will now be adapted for use in field missions. Interactions between African and European experts allowed us to place some of our principles in a local context, as well as to take into account various sociological aspects as part of ISSAT’s analytical framework.
22-24 October 2017: Exploratory mission in Niger
The next step of the project consisted in an exploratory mission to Niamey, Niger. This activity was aimed at establishing the necessary contacts ahead of the main deployment of our experts on governance, security, defence and justice in December.
20 November: Coordination meeting in Geneva
ISSAT held on 20 November a coordination meeting with four experts in the areas of interior security, governance, justice, prison reform and defence, in order to prepare the upcoming 3-week mission in Niamey.
The Security Sector Development Prgramme is a three-year engagement for the Dutch in Burundi. Its objective is to deepen Netherlands-Burundian cooperation on the development of the Burundian security sector.
The five-year Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform Programme was approved in 2008 by DFID's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and has four programmatic areas:
Support to three components:
The project supports Albanian State Police to enhance their level of cooperation and partnership with the communities and other civilian actors in order to improve the services and increase the feeling of safety in the community. The project is focused primarily into three major components:
In addition, the project is implementing a Small Grants Scheme mainly on partnership building. The project has started implementation in March 2012 and will run until March 2015, with a total funding of about 2,8 Mil. Euros. The implementing agency is SIPU International AB, a Swedish consultancy firm which cooperates closely with the Albanian Ministry of Interior, Albanian State Police and other important stakeholders.