Security sector reform in The Gambia: what is at stake?

This report explores the reform processes and provides practical recommendations on implementing SSR in the country.

Security sector reforms (SSR) have been implemented in The Gambia since 2017, including in the military, police and intelligence services. Policy frameworks have also been developed. Navigating SSR in The Gambia is a complex task due to the multiplicity of SSR support programmes being implemented by a range of actors, from national stakeholders to bilateral partners, international civil society and multilateral organisations. This report explores the reform processes to identify opportunities to ensure effective and efficient implementation.

About the author

Chido Mutangadura is a consultant in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Programme of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. Her research focuses on security sector reform, South Africa’s foreign policy and post-conflict reconstruction and development. Chido is currently a PhD candidate at Nelson Mandela University researching citizen participation in preventive diplomacy efforts in the run-up to Burundi’s 2015 elections.

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Development partners
This report is published as part of the Training for Peace Programme (TfP), which is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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