ASSN has four regional hubs, based on the geopolitical and linguistic regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. In each regional hub, one member organization forms the centre-piece of the ASSN’s regional activities.
East Africa and The Great Lakes Region
Hosting affiliate: Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Regional Coordinator: Lt Col (Rtd) Jerry W. Kitiku
SRIC is an independent non-profit think-tank that provides data and information on human security and security sector dynamics in Kenya, the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, SRIC’s mission is to influence and contribute to positive change in the security sector dynamics in its three geographical regions of focus.
SRIC pursues this mission by conducting research, facilitating policy dialogue aimed at the transformation the security sector and providing verifiable data and information on key security areas and the trends in crime and armed violence in East Africa. It also maintains a dedicated database that makes this data and information easily accessible to government officials, researchers and the media.
Hosting affiliate: Southern African Defence & Security Management Network (SADSEM)
Location: Mzuzu, Malawi
Regional Coordinator: Brigadier (Rtd) Misheck Chirwa
SADSEM is a network of nine partner institutions in the 14 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADSEM network seeks to contribute to peace and security in Southern Africa by strengthening the democratic management of its defence forces and other security organs. It does this by offering specialised training programmes to police and military officers and others involved in managing security in the region.
SASDEM also undertakes research on security issues and helps governments in the SADC region to develop their defence policies. The SADSEM secretariat and ASSN regional hub for East Africa is hosted by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at Mzuzu University in Mzuzu, Malawi.
The Horn of Africa
Hosting affiliate: Center for Policy Research & Dialogue (CPRD)
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Regional Coordinator: Professor Medhane Tadesse
CPRD is a regional think-tank whose scope covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti. CPRD brings together security and development professionals with vast experience in research and project implementation in the Horn of Africa region. It strives to profile selected problems of security, peace and reconciliation in the region, which has suffered many episodes of protracted violent conflict that have adversely affected regional security, development and democratic transformation.
CPRD’s mission is to promote policy dialogue and debate with the ultimate objective of fostering peace and prosperity. The CPRD also provides data and conducts multidisciplinary research, based on which it proposes policy alternatives and strategic direction on key issues that affect peace, economic development and the wellbeing of the people of the Horn of Africa.
Hosting affiliate: Prisons Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA)
Location: Enugu, Nigeria
Regional Coordinator: Uju Agomoh
PRAWA is a Non-governmental organization aimed at promoting Security, Justice and Development in Africa. It was established in 1994 and in 1998 it secured observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The organization has three major programme components namely, Security and Justice Sector Reform Programme Component, Social Development and Rehabilitation Programme Component and Research and Documentation Programme Component.
It utilizes the following strategies in the implementation of it Programmes:
- Training and Capacity Building (TRACAD)
- Research and Advocacy
- Human Rights Monitoring
- Rehabilitation, Care and Support Services (RECASS)
- Community Justice Programme and Engagement (COJUP).