Category Archives: Africa

Global terrorism in 2019

Worldwide, annual terror attacks and deaths have both dropped by about 50% between 2014 and 2019, as reported here. In 2019, the 5th consecutive year of decreases, 8,500 attacks resulted in 20,300 deaths. Afghanistan accounted for 21% of global attacks … Continue reading

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Context matters in police reform

Police reform measures promoted around the world, including in conflict zones, often incorporate best practices as understood in developed countries. However, local conditions vary dramatically. This article presents a typology of four scenarios based on patterns of violence and who … Continue reading

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A step backward in Ethiopia

Ethiopia enacted significant reforms in 2018 in order to “break with its abysmal human rights record.” However, the government’s response to continued political and ethnic tension in several regions threatens continued progress, according to this report. Starting in 2019, security … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and democratic governance of the security sector

DCAF, the center that studies democratic governance of the security sector, has published a report on the impact of COVID-19, available here. It looks at implications for police, military, border forces, private security, and others. The report notes that “Numerous … Continue reading

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Mental health of police

Mental health problems among police are higher than previously reported, according to a new international systematic review of 67 studies from 24 countries that included 272,463 serving police, reported here. An estimated 26% of police members engage in hazardous drinking, … Continue reading

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The pandemic & evidence-based policing

This column from South Africa points out the parallel between the scientific, evidence-based approach now being taken to control the impact of COVID-19 on public health, and the case for evidence-based policing to deal more effectively with crime and disorder. … Continue reading

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Pandemic effects on security in fragile states

This column discusses the immediate and longer-term impacts of the pandemic on security and justice reform in conflict zones and fragile states. It notes that “Armed forces, police agents, civil protection agents, border guards, judiciary, lawyers and penal systems are … Continue reading

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Nigeria establishes police studies institute

The federal government in Nigeria has approved establishment of a National Institute of Police Studies, as reported here. The purpose of the new entity will be to “provide strategic manpower development programmes for Police and other law enforcement officers of … Continue reading

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Policing coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus, police are taking extra precautions, revising their operational strategies, being given additional authority, and even asking criminals to take a holiday, as reported here, here, and here. Specific measures adopted in some places include: Encouraging … Continue reading

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Gender & Security Toolkit

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) has published a toolkit on gender and security, available here. One of the components, a publication on policing and gender, is available here. It notes that “Achieving gender equality in and through … Continue reading

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