Security-sector reform in developing Countries. An analysis of the international debate and potentials for implementing reforms with recommendations for technical cooperation.

Release date: 2000-09

The present paper emphasises the breadth of the approach to security-sector reform, pointing out that there is still no generally acknowledged and accepted strategy (see chapter 2.1 and chapter 2.2 in this connection). The analysis focuses on addressing the potentials (and constraints) for external actors of Technical Cooperation. It goes without saying that, whilst security-sector reform can be supported by external actors, it cannot be implemented without the local actors playing a lead role. The present analysis does not explore in detail other aspects of the theme, such as reform without the involvement of external actors or Technical Cooperation, but merely touches on them occasionally. The analysis contained in this paper is confined exclusively to developing countries.