Security Sector Reform

Governing the security sector has proven to be a decisive element in the democratization process in many countries. Security Sector Reform (SSR) looks at ways by which security is provided for citizens in an effective, efficient and accountable manner, consistent with the principles of civilian and democratic control of the armed forces.

FES contributes to current reform efforts in the Philippines by building the capacity of parliamentarians and civil society organization to engage in these undertakings, by providing information to the public in the form of studies and platforms for dialogue and learning from international experiences.

Some Security Sector Reform activities:

  • Security Sector Reform Study Group in partnership with the International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov) and the Ateneo Political Science Department to capacitate civil society stakeholders on the concepts of security sector reform.
  • Promotion and capacitation of the Bantay Bayanihan, a CSO network formed to institutionalize civil society oversight in the implementation of the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)-Bayanihan, in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University’s (ADMU) Working Group on Security Sector Reform (SSR), the Philippine Coalition on International Criminal Court, InciteGov, and the Philippine Council on Islam and Democracy
  • Annual Meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Forum on Security Sector Governance (IPF-SSG), a regional FES project which brings together parliamentarians and security sector actors from different Asian countries in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) of which the Philippines is among the recent member states.

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