The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the first multilateral institution to support citizen security loans in Latin American and the Caribbean and to promote a violence prevention approach as a part of the governments’ agendas.To complement the existing loan mechanisms, the IDB created in 2012 the Citizen Security Initiative (CSI) with funds from the ordinary capital of the Bank. The CSI is an essential tool, complementary to the technical and financial support the Bank offers to its members, to improve the development, management and evaluation of public policies in the citizen security sector. Citizen security is currently a priority or dialogue area in the strategies of 14 of the 26 IDB beneficiary countries. At least other 3 countries had citizen security in previous country strategies and there are loan operations in 17 countries. The reach of technical cooperation is even broader: there are 42 projects in implementation and/or pipeline funded by the CSI.
Justice and Security Sector Reform (JSSR) has now become a central component of efforts to overcome the cycle of conflict and the causes of fragility, from Honduras to Haiti. To be sustainable, JSSR must be based on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality, civilian protection, human security, democratic oversight and respect for human rights. This means that SSR involves long-term investments that lead to social cohesion, peaceful and inclusive societies and sustainable development.
Against this backdrop, the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) plans to organize a two-three day workshop in Washington DC on justice and security sector reform (JSSR). This workshop, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), would be delivered by the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
The aim of the workshop is to update IDB in analysing evolving conflicts in countries that are affected by violence and to better understand the instruments available in context analysis. It will bring together 25 participants from the IDB, SDC and partner countries.