The State of the Region Security Sector Governance in Southern Africa

"The aim of this conference was to explore dynamics that influence the democratic governance of the security sector in Southern Africa. The 1990s was a period of democratic transition for many states in Southern Africa. These transitions often entailed a transformation of the security apparatus with a particular focus on the defence sector. This was evident in the priority given to transforming liberation and guerrilla movements into professional armed forces and the demobilisation of ex-combatants. The democratic agenda brought with it a need for broader participation in governance and for greater accountability of the security services."