Leading African stakeholders in peace, security and development have contributed to the global SSR debate, and advanced an African understanding of SSR. Since the inception of the AU Policy Framework and through mutual support and strengthening of regional initiatives, policy and practice of SSR in Africa has reaped benefits.
So where then do the current challenges lie? Evidence points to significant implementation gaps in SSR, due to deficits in key areas including commitment to governance and oversight, impacting programmes across the region. There is a greater need to approach security through a wider lens that sheds light on challenges that are transnational in nature and require support and engagement especially on the political level. Therefore there is an ever growing need to address fundamental shortcomings in four core areas: good governance, political commitment, capacity, and sustainability. Read on to explore what Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission and Mr. Miroslav Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic address challenges of SSR implementation in Africa.
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