Reforming Security Sector Governance South Asia

In South Asia, security discourse has traditionally been confined to government circles, with no room for voices from civil society. The global call for good governance is reversing this trend, however, and the role of civil society in security reform has become critical. An engaged civil society can not only be a watchdog for rule of law and human rights, it can also create a conducive policy climate by supporting policy research, educating the public, facilitating public debate, and monitoring state security activities for transparency and accountability.

This grant will contribute to the security sector reform agenda by commissioning status papers on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and organizing a regional workshop on the subject. The status papers will critically examine military doctrine, defence policy and equipment acquisition with a view to making them more transparent and less threatening to people inside and outside the borders of the countries involved, possibly through the introduction of oversight mechanisms.

The idea is to foster a concept of cooperative security in South Asia that will reduce the propensity for conflict. The goal is to design a pragmatic program of research, training and dissemination directed at reforming security sector governance in South Asia.

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Start Date

Friday, October 19, 2007

End Date

Friday, June 5, 2009


15 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 76,500


South Asia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee


Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

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