Boubacar N'Diaye


Rôle du Parlement en matière de sécurité nationale

Le Dr. Boubacar N'Diaye fournit une vue d'ensemble des performances de certains parlements d'Afrique dans le domaine du contrôle du secteur de la sécurité, tout en identifiant les bonnes pratiques en matière de contrôle parlementaire du secteur de la sécurité. Le Dr. N'Diaye propose aux parlementaires, décideurs et autres praticiens un certain nombre de solutions pour améliorer la qualité du contrôle parlementaire du secteur de la sécurité en Afrique.


Policy and Research Papers

Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in West Africa: Mali

This chapter argues that although Mali has come a long way (and in some respects presents examples of civil-military relations that other countries could learn from), weaknesses in parliamentary oversight remain. Old habits of secrecy and corruption, an unwillingness to assert the role of parliament in relation to the executive, a lack of resources, and parliamentarians’ lack of expertise need to be addressed. It is important to promote a new culture of parliamentary oversight, linking this to broader regional and sub-regional security regimes and best practices.

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La Réforme des Systèmes de Sécurité et de Justice en Afrique francophone

L’OIF a édité un ouvrage traitant des spécificités institutionnelles et juridiques propres aux systèmes de sécurité et de justice en Afrique francophone, dans le but de contribuer au succès des réformes engagées dans ces secteurs dans le cadre d’environnements post-conflictuels ou lors de l’élaboration de stratégies de prévention. 

La réforme des systèmes de sécurité et de justice en Afrique francophone réunit les contributions d’une vingtaine d’experts ayant participé, en mai 2009, à un séminaire soutenu par l’OIF et organisé en collaboration avec le Centre des Nations unies pour la paix et le désarmement en Afrique (UNREC) et le Réseau africain pour le secteur de sécurité (RASS/ASSN).

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Other Documents

Learning Lab on ‘Improving Security Sector Governance in Africa’

The African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Geneva Democratic Centre for the Control on Armed Forces (DCAF) with funding support from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) organised a workshop in Dakar (Sénégal) from 26 – 27 April 2016. The workshop was themed Improving Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa : a Learning Lab.”


…If it (SSR) is treated as a technical process abstracted from national political, security, socio-economic and cultural realities, it will not succeed. 


Despite multiple reasons why SSR in Africa is difficult examples of reform examples of reform also show that significant opportunities to move towards more democratic security governance do exist. The ‘Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa’ drew on the experience of academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in this field in order to explore these challenges and identify ways to move forward in spite of them. To support these reflections, the Background Paper, Security Sector Governance and Reform in Africa provides a baseline understanding of SSG/R concepts, policies and practice. It then considers key challenges for SSR in Africa before assessing programming gaps and potential entry points for engagement. The Background Paper is complemented by six Think Pieces, which are intended to help shape discussion during the different sessions of the Learning Lab.

The Learning Lab was a two-day workshop-event drawing together predominantly African experts (researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners) with practical experience of the security sector, Security Sector Reform (SSR), and Security Sector Governance (SSG) in Africa. The Lab began with an introductory session which was graced by the presence of His Excellency Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

The bulk of the Lab took the form of six moderated sessions, underpinned by the six following Think Pieces:


experience has shown that important progress can be made when internal and external support for reform align at opportune moments for change.


In light of the opportunities and challenges to SSR processes identified, a concluding session summarised options and recommendations for potential entry points for African and international engagement in promoting an African governance-driven SSR approach based on accountability, rule of law and human rights.

As well as the six Think Pieces, this blog highlights practical implications for identifying the challenges of SSR processes: Moving from concept to practice: SSR in West Africa.

The resources are also available in français.

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Protecting a democratic public space: maturing civil-military relations

This think piece, prepared by Boubacar N’Diaye and Eboe Hutchful (ASSN) for the Learning Lab on Security Sector Governance in Africa, looks at the challenges and implications to improve ‘civil-military relations’ (CMR) for a better protection of a democratic public space. The document explains how, since the end of the Cold war, the academic field of CMR has gone into decline whilst SSR has been ascending. If CMR focused insufficiently on the micro-politics of security institutions, it is argued that SSR has not necessarily resulted in integrated approaches. SSR is thus particularly challenged in this sector, with weak budgetary and expenditure controls and corruption in the security sector. There is also a potential for reversals in current CMR, as has been demonstrated recently in Uganda and Congo-Brazzaville, where police, military and paramilitary forces were used to violently suppress protests. To engage in efforts to improve CMR in Africa, it is argued that it is important to identify states where efforts already started, under the leadership of a new generation of military leaders who are willing to embrace new roles and responsibilities for civilian institutions.

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