Security Governance on Ecuador's Northern Border

The northern border of Ecuador has been prone to conflict over the past several years. Security policy as applied in the area is based on the presumption that the northern border is homogeneous. In fact, however, the three provinces that make up the area - Esmeraldas, Carchi and Sucumbios - are very different from one another and suffer from different types of conflict. These may be related to the spillover of the Colombian armed conflict, organized crime and trafficking, socioeconomic disparities, institutional deficiencies or poor governance.

This grant will allow researchers to examine the root causes of the prevailing conflicts along the northern border of Ecuador and the way security is dealt with by national and local authorities. The results will contribute to Ecuador's national plan for citizen security, particularly in the form of establishing a national observatory on security.

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Start Date

Thursday, November 13, 2008

End Date

Monday, February 28, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 259,000


Ecuador, South America, North and Central America


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Fernando Carrion Mena


Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences

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