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Security Sector Governance: Applying the principles of good governance to the security sector

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Abstract

This SSR Backgrounder is about the concept of security sector governance (SSG). The concept of governance provides a way to understand how power and authority over state and human security are exercised within a state. Applying the principles of good governance to the security sector is the goal of security sector reform (SSR).

This SSR Backgrounder answers the following questions:

  • What is governance and what does it have to do with security? Page 2
  • What is good SSG? Page 3
  • What is the difference between SSG and good SSG? Page 4
  • What are some typical features of good SSG? Page 5
  • What problems does poor SSG cause? Page 6
  • Why is oversight essential to good SSG? Page 7
  • How is good SSG related to SSR? Page 8