The three-year regional project Security for All that is co-funded by the European Union aims at contributing to actions and institutions ensuring that security provision (at local, national and regional level) is more accountable, responsive and equitable to the security needs of the population. Civil societies’ participation in processes of Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG / R) shall be strengthened through empowerment of respective civil society actors and triggering of dialogue between all stakeholders of the security sector. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) shall inform decision-making processes and contribute to agenda setting, public oversight as well as public debate in the field of security sector reform processes nationally (in Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria) and regionally in West and Central Africa.
Local, national and regional challenges to peace and security as well as democratic governance become more and more complex and intertwined. This is also true for democratic governance of the security sector. The project’s methodology is based on a comprehensive approach consisting of in-country and regional activities in order to build synergies - between actors, issues, and policy levels - and to amplify the impact of the project which is aiming to contribute to a more accountable and inclusive security provision that responds to the needs of citizens in the three countries and the wider ECOWAS region. This will be achieved through cooperating with CSOs, media, the security sector, political decision-makers and academia to encourage regular dialogue and the forming of alliances with the aim of building mutual trust and enable public debate on SSG/R and CSO contribution to agenda setting and public oversight.
In order to obtain the overall objective of the project to ensure that security provision is more accountable, responsive and equitable to the security needs of the population, the project will work on the following four working lines with its respective activities on the national (Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria) and the regional level of Western and Central Africa:
Platforms and knowledge-based monitoring and -exchange: The building of consensus on security threats as a basis for adjusted SSG/R and the formulation of joint policy shall be facilitated.
Mutual trust-building and cooperation: Rapprochement and mutual understanding between CSOs, key security actors, policy makers and citizens shall be facilitated.
Capacity development and policy advice: Selected change agents and a younger generation of civil society members, media activists, and security professionals shall be empowered to reflect gender mainstreaming and advocate as well as to support the positive role of media and CSO for the democratic control and reform of the security sector.
Analysis, research, and awareness raising: Positions on democratic reform and public oversight of the security sector and the role of CSOs and media shall be reflected in public debates and policy making.
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