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Shaping a Security Governance Agenda in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

1 January, 2005



Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Approaching Peacebuilding from a Security Governance Perspective

3. Security Sector Reform and Governance
3.1. Reforming and Reconstructing the Security Sector
3.2. Engaging Armed Non-State Actors in Post-Conflict Settings
3.3. Enabling Civil Society in Security Sector Reconstruction

4. Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
4.1. Embedding DDR Programmes in Security Sector Reconstruction
4.2. Combating Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse after Conflict
4.3. Optimising Mine Action Policies and Practice

5. Rule of Law and Transitional Justice
5.1. Re-establishing the Rule of Law under Transitional Authority
5.2. Promoting Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
5.3. Designing Effective Measures against Trafficking in Human Beings

6. Conclusion


The decision to create a United Nations Peacebuilding Commission demonstrates the international community's recognition of the need for further efforts to prevent the recurrence of conflict in fragile States. Indeed, there are still considerable gaps in the development of concepts, policies and practice that would facilitate post-conflict peacebuilding and make it more effective.

One such gap lies in the security dimension of post-conflict peacebuilding. Applying a security governance approach to the range of security issues that must be addressed by both post-conflict societies and the international community - ranging from security sector reform (SSR) to disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) as well as rule of law and transitional justice - provides a means to better understand the opportunities for more effective and coordinated international efforts to build up efficient and accountable domestic capacity for the provision of security.