SSR Glossary

Policy Coherence

The systematic promotion of mutually reinforcing policy actions across government departments and agencies, creating synergies towards achieving the agreed objectives (OECD, 2001c). There are four dimensions of coherence: a) consistency between ends and means of a policy; b) consistency of policies and activities across government departments; c) consistency of policies and activities pursued by different actors; and d) alignment of policies, activities and processes between external actors and conflict affected or conflict prone countries (Picciotto and Weaving, 2006).

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Civil Society Organisation (CSO)

A non-state, non-economic organisation composed of uncoerced participants with shared interests, values and purposes, such as ethnic, cultural, political, or religious beliefs. CSOs may include nongovernmental organisations, the media, faith groups, think tanks etc. Also refer civil society.

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Civil Society

The political space between an individual and government. Civil society can help define a country’s security needs and policies, ensure oversight of public institutions and at times provide security and justice services to segments of the population. Also refer civil society organisations, non-state and non-statutory security and justice providers.

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Civic Empowerment

The process of helping citizens to acquire the confidence, skills and power to enable them to shape and influence the political, social, and economic life at the local and national level.

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Change Management

A structured approach to transitioning individuals, teams and organisations from a current state to a desired future state as a result of internally determined or externally imposed strategic factors.

In short, it is a process undertaken by the organisation, following strategic assessment and planning, to bring about the changes identified as necessary in the assessment and planning stages

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