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Security and Justice Sector Reform Day 4 . Conflict Community of Practice Meeting March 2013, Sri Lanka. How is Security and Justice Sector Reform defined ?.

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security and justice sector reform day 4

Security and Justice Sector ReformDay 4

Conflict Community of Practice MeetingMarch 2013, Sri Lanka

How is

Security and Justice Sector Reform

defined ?

“In its simplest form SSR addresses policy, legislative, structural and oversight issues set within democratic norms and principles.”

Department for International

Development (DfID), UK

common themes
Common themes
  • Many of the definitions emphasize
  • Effectiveness of service delivery
  • Accountability of security/law enforcement
  • Framework of democratic practices and good governance
core objectives of ssr
Core objectives of SSR
  • Effectiveness – improving the provision of security and justice services to enhance the overall wellbeing of the state and its people
  • Accountability – the provision of checks and balances to assess whether security and justice actors adhere to the laws and policies in force and stipulate sanctions for abusive conduct
ssr key entry points
SSR Key Entry Points
  • Building public awareness and engagement.
  • Building strategic planning capacity.
  • Strengthening legal and constitutional frameworks.
  • Strengthening civil oversight mechanisms.
  • Strengthening financial management systems.
  • Facilitating war-to-peace transitions.
  • Improving human resource management.


key entry points for justice sector reform
Key entry points for Justice sector reform


  • Constitutional & legal reform
  • Development & implementation of national justice sector policies and plans
  • Competitive environment enterprise development
  • Anti-corruption strategies and plans
  • Joined up approaches to justice provision at the operational level
  • Reform at the institutional level
  • Transitional justice, peace and state building
  • Core security actors
  • Management and oversight bodies
  • Justice and the rule of law
  • Non-statutory security forces -NSA

Some include non-statutory civil society groups

civil society
Civil Society
  • Oversee and monitor
  • Help shape policies
  • Generate new programme ideas
  • Train
  • Inform operations
  • Provide security services within communities
  • Facilitate dialogue and negotiation between national security sector actors and local communities.
questions for discussion
Questions for Discussion
  • Are wedoinganything in terms of SSR and Justice reforms in ourCOs ?
  • What are the risksthatwe face now, or will do in the future if weundertakethiswork?