Elevating Security Sector Reform.

Security Sector Governance

Project Dates: September 2014 - September 2019
The global development community and U.S. government need the right tools, innovations, and proven technical approaches to improve security through security sector reform programs.

Security is essential for sustainable development. The Security Governance Initiative — an interagency initiative composed of multiple U.S. government agencies, including USAID, the National Security Council, and the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security — builds the capacity of security sector institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia. With more effective, responsive governance in their security sectors, these six critical partner countries will be better able to protect civilians and address threats to integrity and accountability. To support USAID’s role in the Security Governance Initiative, the Security Sector Governance project provides targeted technical assistance to and analysis of security sector governance, including the rule of law. Security Sector Governance identifies and redresses gaps in knowledge of security sector reform by assembling best practices and lessons learned, proven tools and approaches, and best-fit innovations and solutions.

Project Goals


  • Foster a greater appreciation and knowledge of security sector assistance at USAID, in the broader development community, and across the U.S. government
  • Conduct research, produce publications, and convene expert meetings on specific technical or programmatic topics related to security sector reform
  • Employ the U.S. government’s Interagency Security Sector Assessment Framework and other tools to conduct security sector reform assessments
  • Propose, implement, and evaluate pilot programs that improve security sector governance and provide evidence on how good governance is essential for sustainable security sector reform