The role of the security sector in COVID-19 response: An opportunity to 'build back better'?
Around the world, the role of the security sector is in the spotlight for repressive, and sometimes violent, behaviour to enforce lockdowns intended to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But the security sector is an essential part of an effective and comprehensive pandemic response, and plays an important role in supporting public compliance with restrictions.
This briefing looks at security sector responses to COVID-19 in conflict-affected and fragile states. It draws on our research into the inclusiveness, legitimacy and accountability of security institutions, and highlights concerns arising from security sector responses in a range of contexts in Asia and Africa.
The briefing outlines guidance for the police and other security institutions involved in responding to the pandemic, as well as considering the implications for international partners, such as donors and policymakers, providing security assistance in places affected by conflict. Is this an opportunity to rebuild the security sector so that it is more inclusive and accountable?