Human Security: a view from the bottom-up

21/03/2012 @ 17:16
by Thammy Evans

A state's vision of its security that includes views by the end-user can have more legitmacy, accountability, and societal ownership and engagement. What can we do to foster a less state-centric view of security and ensure that it does not harm but aids development? Some organisations are working on this, see 

How to best inform a country’s view of human security is evolving, and a common name for it has yet to emerge. The process of including the views of the consumers of security, or the end-user, or the beneficiary, or from the bottom up is variously termed a ‘participatory approach’, or a ‘community-based assessment’, or just plain old ‘household survey’. Some of the organisations producing or commissioning such surveys are:  

Small Arms Survey: surveys of security for India, Liberia, Nepal , Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Yemen ;

Saferworld’s People’s Peacemaking Perspective series for Bosnia, North Caucasus, South Sudan;

Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP) : Small Arms in Eastern Congo.

Others, yet to be published are by the Clingendael Institute, as well as other projects funded by UNDP, the European Commission and the World Bank. Subscribe to this post for updates. And if you know of any other such surveys which have already been published, please post a link to them in the comments here.

Thank you.

14/08/2013 @ 19:05
by Sarah Harris

This video interview with Erwin van Veen, a specialist in the use of armed violence, the influence of globalisation on conflict and fragility and the political economy of fragile environments, offers some useful and pertinent insights on 'SSR and Local Ownership'. For Mr van Veen, time is essential to building ownership and creating a true partnership to progress locally important issues.

26/07/2018 @ 19:32
by Thammy Evans

Interestingly, this approach from the bottom is making some small inroads. Latvia  has had a very innovative approach to its development and security policy, look at the issue of 'insecurability' from the individuals outwards, rather than from the state inwards. Does anyone know of any other examples?