AP R2P launches new project on Security and Justice in West Africa
Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Entitled ‘Understanding and Working with Local Sources of Peace, Security and Justice in West Africa: an investigation of selected rural and urban environments in Ghana and Liberia’, the project seeks to investigate the nature and scope of non-state actors’ contribution to peace, security and justice in Ghana and Liberia, as well as their interaction with state and international actors and institutions. It will explore the potential for constructive engagement or positive acknowledgement among these different parties, asking whether greater acknowledgement of and linkage with non-state sources (that are actually underpinning local peace) contributes to state formation and to more effective and legitimate security services.
In addition to contributing to research in this domain, the project also aims to stimulate discussion around an issue directly relevant to regional human and political security. It will not only investigate non-state security and justice providers and their interaction with state bodies, but will also bring them together to discuss their relationships. The project will provide AusAID, national policy bodies in Ghana and Liberia and relevant regional organisations with information, policy briefs and opportunities for exchange on the matters addressed.
In particular, researchers will engage with policy-makers at regional arrangements such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) through appropriate fora.
See full details of the project here.