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Background

Parliamentary Oversight

Project contact

Dr. Sandy Africa, Assistant Director, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division

Project overview

Parliaments play a crucial role in ensuring that security policies and practices are legitimate, subject to the rule of law, effective, inclusive, transparent and that security actors are held accountable.

DCAF works with parliamentarians to strengthen their capacity to provide effective oversight of the security sector.

DCAF activities with parliaments include:

  • Disseminating knowledge on the legal and institutional tools for oversight
  • Capacity building of parliamentary staffers
  • Training for members of security and defence committees

DCAF has supported, among others, parliaments in Burkina Faso; Côte d’Ivoire; Liberia; Mali; and Nigeria.