Friday, 12 October 2012

New publication: BICC Focus 11 "Dealing with private security companies"

Based on its country-specific findings, BICC Focus 11 “Dealing with Private Security Companies. Options for Development Cooperation in Timor-Leste, Liberia and Peru“ concludes by outlining different options for how development cooperation can successfully align private security companies with more general developmental objectives.

Photo: BICC/M. Ashkenazi

Private security industries challenge development cooperation in two ways. On the one hand, they constitute a significant part of the economy and the security sector of many developing countries. Private security thus immediately has an impact on a number of development-related factors, i.e. economic growth, social welfare and overall feelings of public safety. On the other hand, development agencies themselves increasingly rely on the services of private security companies. In some partner countries, missions of the United Nations (UN), bilateral donors, and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) are even among the principal customers of commercial security services. Hence, they are directly implicated in the wider social and economic effects of the private security industry. 

How should development actors deal with private security companies? This BICC publication summarizes the main findings from field research led by Marc von Boemcken on private security companies in three developing countries: Timor-Leste, Liberia and Peru. Each summary focuses on the specific relations between development cooperation and private security.

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