Building the Capacity of the Malian Police: Why MINUSMA needs to think outside the box
The policy brief aims to outline how the capacity-building aspect of the police component of MINUSMA can be strengthened to achieve the mission goal of assisting the re-establishment of state authority and the rebuilding of the security sector. The paper argue that MINUSMA not only needs to strengthen its presence in the country, but must also find new ways to approach capacity-building in a more holistic manner. The goals of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) are to support the re-establishment of state authority throughout Mali and to stabilise key areas, especially in the north. The Malian security sector's rebuilding is one of the core pillars of the mission’s mandate. However, the mission is rapidly falling out of favour with Malians, particularly due to its inability to deploy in the north of the country. This policy brief recommends how the capacity-building aspect of the police component of MINUSMA can be strengthened.