Since 2014, NDI has worked with members of parliament, civil society organizations and executive branch agencies in a program to strengthen democratic control and oversight of the security sector in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The program, which in its initial phase was conducted in partnership with the Center for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), aims to foster effective civilian oversight of the security sector and productive civil-military interactions, help improve the institutional framework governing the security sector, and promote greater understanding of security sector institutions’ roles and obligations in a democratic society. Given the transnational nature of the security challenges in the Sahel, the program emphasizes regional approaches and seeks to strengthen cross-border collaboration.
The Institute supports the parliamentary Permanent Consultation Framework created under the program as members harmonize legislation, address legal gaps, exchange best practices and meet with citizens and defense and security agents to inform the content of new legislation. NDI supports the CSO Platform for Democratic Governance established during this program to publish the results of its regional security monitoring initiative, and to conduct advocacy towards decision makers. The program also engages with strategic security study centers in the three countries to contribute to a regional security approach where policy is based on research that takes citizens’ needs and perspectives into account.
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