Security Sector Reform

In many tense or violent situations, the security sector can become part of the problem, preying on the very citizens they are meant to protect. We partner with police, military, and prison staff as part of the solution, training them to defend human rights.

A Role Model for Police Everywhere

Every week, Captain Elombe serves justice and helps citizens in need… from tens of thousands of TV screens.

Restoring Relationships Between Security Forces and Civilians in the Eastern DRC

With the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, we are leading a security sector reform program called Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika, “Tomorrow is a New Day”. The goal of the program is to strengthen the accountability of Congolese Armed Forces in North Kivu, South Kivu, and […]

“Tomorrow is a new day” Midterm evaluation – DRC – October 2016

“Tomorrow is a new day” – or “Lobi Mokola ya Sika” in Lingala – is the name of SFCG’s long running security sector reform program in DRC, which entered its fourth phase on June 1, 2014. The program is implemented in four provinces across the DRC (North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri and Kinshasa) with the overall objective of strengthening mutual trust between civilians and the security forces by encouraging improved behaviour within the security forces and strives for an empowered role of local communities to hold the security forces accountable for their actions.

This mid-term evaluation used a mixed methods methodology to investigate the progress of results towards the program’s specific objectives. Overall, the acquisition of knowledge on the part of the beneficiaries has been effective, and is considered by the various actors to have been at the origin of a visible change in behavior. For example, concerning the police, it was reported in some areas that they no longer oblige families to pay to be able to give food to detainees and that they accompany women traveling at night to protect them. However, concerning the change in the number of incidents of abuse by forces and in accountability, results remain limited: nearly a quarter of civilians believed that cases of abuse have not decreased (24%), with 32% saying “it depends” and 41% feeling that there has been a reduction. Though trust and perceptions of relations between civilians and security forces have not developed in an entirely positive manner, more than 80% of civilians now believe that the FARDC and the PNC contribute to ensuring the safety of their province, and that they are acting with the aim of guaranteeing the security of local populations. Recommendations to strengthen programming include increasing the army and police base committees’ ownership of the gender aspects of the program and for SFCG and its partners to better balance attention between the urban centers and rural areas.

Congolese Army Wife Stands Up Against Domestic Violence

Inspired by Search – DRC’s human rights training for the Congolese Army, Sylvie launched her own program to protect women from domestic violence.

Where is our common ground?

Police and community distrust. Racial tension and violence. Fear of other religions. Urban-rural division. Journalism that inflames rather than enlightens. Political logjams. Lack of government transparency. Search has been solving these problems in countries around the world for 35 years. Now it’s time to deal with them in […]

Pahunch – the reality show

Our new reality TV show to build trust in the Nepali police features eight contestants solving real-life inspired cases.

A partnership between Liberia’s institutions and civil society

We are working with seven partner organizations to improve collaboration between civil society and the government of Liberia.