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ECOWAS Parliament-DCAF Guide for West African Parliamentarians

In partnership with the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), DCAF has developed a guide for West African parliamentarians. It is an adaptation of the DCAF-Inter-Parliamentary Union 2003 Handbook, Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector: Principles, Mechanisms and Practices, focused specifically on the West African context. It will serve as a practical tool for parliamentarians and contains good practices and case studies on parliamentary oversight of the security sector in the region.

The chapters of the Guide were prepared by local partners including West African parliamentarians, civil society representatives and academics, SSR practitioners and members of the armed forces and security services. It was revised jointly by DCAF, external editors and members of the ECOWAS Parliament Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Legal and Judicial Affairs Committees. The Guide was presented to the ECOWAS Parliament Plenary Session on September 29, 2010 and unanimously approved. It is available in English, French and Portuguese here.