Good financial oversight in the security sector is crucial for ensuring that public funds allocated by the state for the security of the people are spent in a transparent and accountable manner. Moreover, when properly executed, financial oversight is one of the strongest tools civilian authorities have to manage and reform the security sector.
Internationally agreed upon principles can serve as a useful guide for states attempting to transition towards democracy. They can also help to address some of the main challenges of poor financial oversight in the security sector. These include opacity of security and defence budgets, lack of citizensâ and civil societyâs access to information, and reduced authority, ability and capacity of existing financial oversight institutions.
This compilation provides readers with easy access to internationally adopted guiding principles, standards and best practices of financial oversight of security sector institutions. It allows readers to:
International Standards for Financial Oversight in the Security Sector is currently available in English and Arabic. It forms part of the part of the Legislating for the Security Sector toolkit series, which can be found at www.dcaf.ch/publications.