Case studies provide excellent insight into the practical challenges of SSR initiatives and provide an opportunity to learn from those that have been successful, and not so successful. They help us to see the patterns of good practice, when to apply different approaches and what pitfalls to avoid. Please add your own case studies to help us build a rich repository of examples from real experience.
Video: Bringing Women into the Security Sector Reform Process in Somalia, Hanan Ibrahim, African Initiative for Women
This study on Nepal was commissioned by CARE Austria (CÖ) as a contribution to CARE’s International Report on Women, Peace and Security: Review of 1325 +10 years in Nepal, Uganda and Afghanistan, defining ‘meaningful participation by women’. The Country Study was carried out between 13th July and 30th September 2010 by Consultant Lesley Abdela, Senior Partner in UK-based Consultancy Eyecatcher/Shevolution. As well as small-group gatherings in Kathmandu and desk review of relevant documentation, meetings were held with CARE staff and partner organisations and other stakeholders, including war survivors, Donors, INGOs, NGOs, women’s network alliances/coalitions, Nepal Government Departments, LPCs, community groups, Media and UN agencies.
In 2005, an intense national dialogue was taking place in Guatemala on the dramatic increase of homicides. Several donors tried to strengthen the National Civil Police’s and the Public Ministry’s capacity to investigate and prosecute homicide cases. There was a tremendous lack of knowledge regarding the weaknesses and strengths of the justice and security system in this area and there was no baseline to inform better programming.
Policy Brief- Addressing state fragility in Guinea-Conakry: A European success story?- Cristina Barrios, FRIDE
This case study outlines the lessons from the UN-ECOWAS joint multi-actor security sector assessment mission in response to the request of the Guinean transitional authority including the interim president, General Konate. The purpose of the mission was the "diagnosis of the security sector" in Guinea.
Publication: The Kanun in Present Day Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro- Tanya Mangalakova, International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations
Publication: Security Sector Reform in Albania- Intiative for Peacebuilding
Albania presents a case study where citizen and state do not have an idealised institutional social contract relationship such as what is outlined in Western social contract theory. Rather, social norms based on mostly personal forms of interaction between citizens persist. In specific realms of society these are still expressed though the cultural custom of ‘besa’. For security and justice sector reform to take place, such interpersonal social contracts and their spaces need to be understood and not simply sidelined for a citizen-state relationship that is not present.