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Combining forces to enhance people’s security: Security Sector Reform

Posted: Wednesday, 17 July 2013, New York | Author: Inter-Agency SSR Task Force/OROLSI

Police reform is one of the priorities of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With a total population of 68 million, the country counts 103,000 police officers in service - about one officer for every 602 inhabitants. The DRC thus ranks among the least-policed countries in the world.

Under the aegis of the Inter-Agency SSR Taskforce and with the financial support of the Netherlands, UNDP together with UNPOL/MONUSCO and EUPOL is implementing a project to strengthen the community police (police de proximité). The project is part of a broader initiative that aims to enhance local security and to revitalise existing services. Building up the policing system at the local level allows communities to better voice their concerns, to shape police service according to their security needs and thereby create more oversight of the security sector.

This project, along with two others in Kosovo and in Honduras, represents part of a series of initiatives to jointly make operational the recently-launched Integrated Technical Guidance Notes on Security Sector Reform (SSR). They reflect the UN commitment to enhance national ownership, democratic governance, and gender responsiveness in any initiative supporting SSR on the ground.

During the annual Senior SSR Practitioners workshop, co-organized by DPKO and UNDP, participants from 14 agencies of the UN Inter-Agency SSR Task Force discussed how to jointly respond to today’s security challenges by enhancing governmental capacities, while also addressing the needs of communities and people that are often far away from the reach of state institutions.

The role of the SSR Task Force is to enhance the impact of UN interventions in the area of SSR by bringing together expertise and knowledge from across the UN system and making it available to those working in the field. Further information can be found on the website of the Task Force: