Janine has worked as an independent consultant for twelve years, advising a variety of government and donor agencies on security sector reform and community safety strategies in Southern Africa and elsewhere. She has also conducted numerous evaluations of international programmes in the fields of security and justice. Before coming to ISSAT, she spent 4 years working on DFID programs to support security sector accountability, civil society mobilisation and police reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2004-5 she managed a global research project on police accountability for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, based in New Delhi, India.
After South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, Janine was appointed as Advisor to the Minister of Safety and Security. Following the restructuring and demilitarisation of the South African Police Service, she was appointed Chief Director for Policy, where she oversaw aspects of the transformation of policing such as basic recruit training, labour relations and amalgamation of the eleven apartheid police forces into the new SA Police Service. In 1996 she led the interdepartmental process of developing South Africa’s first National Crime Prevention Strategy.
Subsequent to leaving the South African public service, Janine worked as a consultant for a variety of INGOs (ICTJ, Clingendael) and donors (DFID, DANIDA, UNDP, the European Commission, and the Open Society Foundation) on program designs and evaluations. Since 2007, she has worked mainly in DRC on police reform, citizen participation and security sector accountability.
Janine has degrees in Criminology from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and from Cambridge University (UK). She has researched and published extensively on police reform and crime prevention in South Africa. Janine holds a part time post at the Centre for Defence and Security Management at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.