A common problem in all three project countries as well as in the wider ECOWAS region is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the concept of SSG/R and the important role civilian oversight plays in the democratic governance and/or reform of the security sector, which is why the provision of targeted research, analysis and awareness raising to influence public debate and policy makers is important. The rational of the development of a “SSG/R Barometer“ is too twofold: by discussing the gaps, needs, potential values and the design of an instrument measuring SSG/R various actors (see target groups of the project) will embark on a joint process fostering mutual understanding on the status quo and how to best promote inclusive security provision and democratic governance through CSO involvement. Likewise, the Barometer itself is supposed to become an analytical and political tool to increase public awareness raising on the subject through the provision of an up to date set of indicators and data as well as lobbying and advocacy activities by CSO vis-à-vis state actors for more inclusive, equitable, accountable security provision.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Peace and Security Centre of Competence for Sub-Saharan Africa (FES PSCC)
M. Mouhamadou Moustapha BA, Program Manager, FES PSCC
Dr Ousmane NIANG, Senior Barometer Expert, CERADD