Policy and Research Papers

At the Interface of Security And Development - Addressing Fragility Through Good Governance Of The Security Sector

The future of multilateralism and global governance rest on the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the twin Sustaining Peace resolutions. However, there are great challenges to their implementation and progress is slow. Hard-earned development gains are lost in contexts increasingly characterized by fragility, conflict, and violence. This policy brief calls for the Group of Twenty to curb the ensuing stalled development opportunities through governance-driven security sector engagement, in turn, strengthening coping capacities and reducing risk factors.

This policy brief has been produced by DCAF in light of the Think 20 (T20) which primary challenge is to add value to the G20 process. DCAF's recommendation to establish a SSG Forum has been included in the final package of recommendations for the G20 leaders' summit on 20-21 Nov, 2020.


Understanding the Informal Security Sector in Nigeria

Informal security actors such as vigilantes play a variety of roles in African communities. Research has tended to focus on the negative impacts of informal security providers, including the perpetration of human rights violations, rather than on the essential roles these groups play in a community’s safety and security.
The study referenced in this report focused on Plateau, Kaduna, and Kano states in Nigeria. These states have long histories of ethnoreligious and political-related violence. A number of informal security actors are active in these states due to the high rate of violence. The study also considered Abuja because of the presence of informal security stakeholders in the nation’s capital city.


Comprehensive Capacity Development: Moving Beyond Training as the Default

This publication questions the relevance of considering capacity development synonymous with training as knowledge transfer. It argues that, whilst capacity development can mean or include training, it should move beyond training as the default and include other activities such as building institutional capacities and engage with substantive and relational skills.


Swedish Strategy for Sustainable Peace 2017–2022

The aim of Swedish international development cooperation is to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression. Development cooperation will be based on the principles of aid effectiveness, and the new international agreements the international community agreed upon in 2015. The overall objective of the Strategy for sustainable peace is to contribute to the prevention of armed conflict, effective conflict resolution, sustainable peacebuilding, and state-building increased human security in fragile and conflict-affected states, and empowerment of women as well as of youth, children and other excluded groups in these situations. The strategy will apply between 2017–2022 and covers the funds allocated in the appropriation directions of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) for each budget year.


Sweden’s Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis 2016 – 2020

The aim of the activities within the scope of this strategy is to contribute to strengthening the resilience of the Syrian population and of vulnerable groups in Syria's neighboring countries that are being severely affected by the conflict. The strategy will also contribute to strengthening democracy and gender equality and to greater respect for human rights in Syria and for refugees from Syria in neighboring countries. The strategy will apply to the period 2016–2020 and will comprise a total of SEK 1.7 billion.