This paper by the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is part of a multi year CSG research project titled "Exploring the transition from first to second generation SSR in conflict-affected societies". The project assesses and evaluates the impact of orthodox Security Sector Reform (SSR) programming in conflict-affected countries. Employing a common methodology, the project features original research on four case study countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. Funding for this project was provided by the Folke Bernadotte Academy.
This paper examines the SSR processes that took place from 1997 onwards in Sierra Leone. It notes the different phases of SSR in the country: the process had, initially, a narrow focus that prevented the integration of influential actors, and evolved later into an ad-hoc process until a more structured and effective approach was devised and implemented after the end of the conflict in 2002. The paper then examines the considerable challenges that have faced and keep facing the project and examines its general record. While a study of a conventional approach to SSR, early efforts to develop innovative initiatives are highlighted.
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