African Human Security Initiative AHSI

another project managed by Institute for Security Studies ISS /South Africa – also in french

The African Human Security Initiative 2 (AHSI2) is a follow-up to AHSI1, a regional programme that used the system of peer review to monitor the extent of compliance of eight African countries with their commitments to democracy, good governance and civil society participation. AHSI2 uses the peer review concept to complement the formal NEPAD/APRM (New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development / Africa Peer Review Mechanism) process by focusing on the criminal justice system in selected countries identified for APRM review. Through local partnerships, AHSI2 intends to build the capacity of an expanded membership to undertake research on security issues in order to facilitate the work of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union … (full text english Homepage and latest News).

Background Papers; Partners; Country Reviews; Theoreticals; Events;
Addresses: Institute for Security Studies. Ethiopia Office, First Floor, Ki-ab Building, Alexander Pushkin Street, Pushkin Square, or PO Box 2329, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

Project Information: The overarching goal of this project to generate information that can be used to review the scale of crime and the criminal justice systems in countries undergoing the APRM. 

This ultimate goal is to enhance the implementation of NEPAD programmes. Crime is a cross cutting issue in all the four areas identified in the NEPAD Declaration (Democracy and Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management; Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development) and containing it is essential for enhancing human security as well as achieving the levels of development envisaged by the continent. Different countries experience different rates of crime and though management of the criminal justice hinges on accepted principles, there are some variations across countries in the levels of performance and the determinant factors equally vary. Participating country partners will thus agree on the methods to be used in each area of study, taking into account each country’s specificities, as indicated in the Master Questionnaire. Sharing information will be essential for the success of the project and will enhance the quality of work by the country team.

The study will proceed in a number of stages. The AHSI2 Secretariat will be involved at all the stages and will render technical support throughout. The stages are as follows:

  • First Stage: The engagement of country partners by AHSI2 and preparing the questionnaire for the country’s local context. This will be done through the aid of the country background report. An issue paper derived from this document will guide the actual study. Selected Partners will write brief action plans on how they intend to proceed with the study. They will also compile a list of stakeholders and other likely respondents to interviews they will conduct. Intended visits to institutions, e.g. prisons must also be indicated and later documented.
  • Second Stage: In country workshop during which studies pertaining to all sections will be discussed. AHSI2 takes a holistic approach to this study hence all sections outlined in the Master Questionnaire are viewed and treated as interconnected.
  • Third Stage: Fieldwork/data collection by the partners and analysis of the findings, discussion of preliminary report.
  • Fourth Stage: Finalising of country report/ drafting of policy briefing documents/ prep for publication
  • Fifth Stage: Confidential policy briefings with relevant stakeholders followed by general dissemination of the findings.

Data Collection: … (full long page).

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