From 6 – 7 February 2018, a team from OXFAM Novib’s Conflict and Fragility Unit undertook a working visit to the Secretariat of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) in Accra, Ghana.
The main purpose of this visit was to hold an inception meeting for phase two of the project on “Engaging Civil Society in Security and Justice Sector Reform at Continental and Regional Levels”.
The OXFAM delegation consisted of Floortje Klijn, Andrès Roure Cuzzoni and MarkKingma whilst the ASSN was represented by Eboe Hutchful, Niagale Bagayoko, MedhaneTedasse, Jane Abubakar and Elom Khaunbiow.
This project aims at supporting the implementation of the AU Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform, adopted in January 2013 at the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Phase One of the project, which was commissioned in June 2017, had three main components(a) a desk study of SSR programmes in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Niger to identify lessons learnt and gaps in the implementation of the AU and RECs SSR policy frameworks at the national level; (b) a CSO training in SSR for the project countries to enhance their capacity to engage SSR issues; and (c) partnering the CSOs with the AU and RECs in a common effort to ensure more effective outcomes for community and human security from SSR initiatives.