In August 2023, ACSS convened a subject matter experts roundtable to enhance peer learning and experience sharing on the state of the art on security and justice coordination in post-conflict and transitional settings. Defense sector officials specialized in national security strategy and military justice, civilian justice sector officials, and members of civil society focused on people-centered justice and security provision gathered to discuss strategic coordination of security and justice reform and the potential of these processes to build citizens’ trust in state security and justice institutions.
Convening this range of experts offered an opportunity for them to leverage their national, local, and sectoral experiences on these issues – as well as their insights into how to enhance the African Union Security Sector Reform (SSR) Policy Framework and the Transitional Justice (TJ) Policy. Experts from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and South Sudan explored the strategic logic and the operational art of strengthening the rule of law to provide transparent, legitimate, and accountable security and justice services to citizens after conflict or transition. The recommendations that the experts generated are available in English and in French for all interested alumni.