The methodology and guidance is based on good practice gathered by ISSAT and other practitioners during security and justice programming. It includes explanations of key concepts, recommended activities, and a constantly growing collection of case studies, tools, examples, lessons and other resources drawn from the collected experience of the community.

Cette méthodologie d’analyse préalable dans le domaine de la RSS a été développée par l'équipe du DCAF-ISSAT et des experts des membres du consortium réunis dans le cadre d'un projet financé par l'Union Européenne dans la région du Sahel. Le socle de référence et la grille d’analyse ont été développés comme deux outils méthodologiques pour répondre aux besoins du Fonds fiduciaire d'urgence de l'Union européenne pour l'Afrique afin de réaliser des analyses approfondies du fonctionnement des secteurs de la sécurité et la justice au Niger, au Burkina Faso et au Tchad.

Good security and justice sector reform starts with the politics. National dialogue can assist with setting the groundwork for reform, followed by some key overarching policy and strategy. This supports the legal reform required as well as reform at the institutional and sectoral level.

The principles of security and justice sector reform call for a holistic rather than a purely sectoral or thematic approach. Reforming sectors (defense, police, public safety, etc.), needs to be informed by the national political process and be in line with ongoing work within the other security and justice sectors.

There are a lot of different methodologies available to help structure aid and capacity building programming. ISSAT has adapted existing programme cycle guidance and developed further methodologies for security, justice and governance programming.

ISSAT’s project cycle management methodologies give a systematic approach that can be adapted to the context and objective, but nonetheless provide a structure enabling personnel coming from diverse backgrounds can effectively work together as a team.