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March 6, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:25 PM (CET)

People-centred security and justice: what have we been missing?

Whilst the SSG/R agenda has been influenced by the concept of human security since it was conceived in the 1990s; in practice, over two decades of SSG/R programming has lacked a necessary connection between the “statebuilding” approach and community-level peace and security dividends. As results from donor-assisted statebuilding efforts are flailing across many contexts, and as populism and criticism of the State and its role is globally rising, we need to reexamine security and justice programming.

DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team is joined online by researchers in the area of security and justice, from Mogadishu, Juba, and Ouagadougou to scope home-grown concepts, systems, and practices which provide people with safety, protection, and access to justice. Equally, representatives from international organizations will be reflecting on their experiences in engaging with security and justice aspects at the grassroots level, as well as subnational and national levels. This Roundtable is in the framework of a Dutch, Swiss, and Swedish joint mandate for DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team. The work put forward a reconceptualized model for programming which better articulates the link between the community and the State.

Joining us will be:

- Mr. Pierre Piccolo, Fragility and Conflict Advisor, French Development Agency (AFD)

- Dr Abdoul Karim Saidou, Professor and Researcher at Thomas Sankara University, Burkina Faso

- Mr. Salim Said, Executive Director of the SIDRA Institute, Somalia

- Dr. Abraham Kuol Nyuon, Associate Professor of Politics, Peace and Security and Dean of the College of Social and Economic Studies at the University of Juba, South Sudan

The discussant will be Elsa Salame Dazin, Head of DCAF ISSAT's Outreach and Knowledge Service Line.

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