Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance

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Tool 6 of the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa addresses the gaps in knowledge and skills that hinder the involvement of West African civil society actors in public oversight of the security sector and provides CSOs of the region with practical advice and guidance on how to strengthen their capacity for action and optimise the impact of their contributions to SSR and SSG.

Representative and credible civil society organisations (CSOs) are integral stakeholders in the democratic governance of the security sector. They can contribute by influencing security policy so that it better reflects the security needs of men, women, boys and girls; informing the people about security-related matters, and the role and rights of citizens; supporting constructive relations between security institutions and civilians; supporting public institutions with specialised expertise, etc. However, civil society actors are sometimes unaware of their role, lack the tools and skills to fully engage in this field or struggle to identify entry points. Their potential contribution is therefore often underexploited.

For more information on the Tool 6: Civil Society Involvement in Security Sector Reform and Governance, kindly follow the link to the DCAF website.

Follow the links to access the other documents in the Toolkit for Security Sector Reform and Governance in West Africa: 

Tool 1: Political Leadership and National Ownership of Security Sector Reform Processes

Tool 2: Security Sector Reform Programming

Tool 4: Effective Management of External Support to Security Sector Reform

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