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Building Technical Capacity in Foreign Assistance

In providing technical assistance and technical leadership-related research, the Security Sector Reform Program strengthened the ability of U.S. government agencies to assess, design, implement, and evaluate security sector reform programs around the world.

USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance is increasingly asked to provide technical advice to respond to interagency requests from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and to respond to challenges that emerge from the gap between security and development. The Security Sector Reform Program under the Building Recovery and Reform through Democratic Governance indefinite quantity contract sought to support the U.S. government in its efforts to transform the way a government provides safety and security to its population.

Under the program, Chemonics conducted workshops, training, assessments, and provided technical assistance to address a range of issues concerning security sector reform. Activities included institutional and legal framework design; formulation of public safety reviews, strategies, and policies; national crime prevention strategies;  civilian expertise/skills building; civil society advocacy; non-traditional threat assessments (particularly in fragile states); and/or support to national and regional security councils.

In collaboration with USAID and the Departments of State and Defense, the program developed guidance for the Interagency Security Sector Assessment Framework, a tool that enables an interagency team to assess a country’s security and justice concerns and supports sector-wide planning for security sector reform programs; a guide for donors planning programs to stem youth armed violence; guidance for ensuring human rights are respected in security sector programming; and the Maritime Security Sector Reform Framework, a tool that aids in identifying maritime security issues, developing support and reform programs, and monitoring the implementation of these programs.

The project organized trainings for personnel from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and USAID on designing justice and security programming in Morocco, Cambodia, and Jordan, and supported the USAID Symposium on Crime and Violence Prevention in Central America. The project has supported security sector assessments in Haiti, Guatemala, Guyana, and most recently supported an assessment around disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of militias and former combatants in Libya.

Project Duration: 2008 - 2012

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