Local Ownership in Security:
Case Studies of Peacebuilding Approaches
This report (download here) explores ways to achieve meaningful local ownership in the security sector. It provides nearly forty case studies of civil society and security actors using the principles of peacebuilding to work together towards human security.
Each case study highlights the efforts that civil society and security actors have undertaken in order to reach out to each other, create collaborative processes and participatory mechanisms to solve problems related to human security in particular local or national context. The report also tries to draw out lessons from these cases to help those who are seeking to engage with the civil society or security actors to improve human security to achieve better results.
Chapters 2-6 provide examples of civil society-military-police in five areas: capacity-building, policy-community platforms, peacebuilding approaches to DDR, gender mainstreaming, national-level platforms. Chapter 7 summarises some of the practical challenges of local ownership and coordination. It pulls out key themes, lessons learned and patterns across the case studies.
for Human Security
Most of the case studies in this section of the report document how civil society is providing training to security forces to help them improve their community engagement strategies.
A peacebuilding approach to policing emphasises the rapport between police forces and the communities they serve. It aims to engage local citizens as much as possible in policing policies and operations. The idea behind this approach, which puts local ownership at the centre, is that human security will improve significantly when police engage directly with civil society.
Each of the following cases illustrates some of these various elements of an approach to policing that is based on local ownership.
This chapter describes four case studies where peacebuilding skills and processes support more effective DDR.
Local ownership of security requires that all women, men, girls, boys, as well as lesbians, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people (LGBTI) contribute to defining security threats and strategies. People affected by sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) may have different security needs depending on their gender identity.
The following case studies show how peacebuilding organisations approach SGBV and the inclusion of women in different contexts.
This chapter draws out the challenges and lessons learned identified in the case studies.