Police Reform in Honduras
Overview and mission
Created in 1989, Partners Global is an independent international NGO committed to building sustainable processes that advance civil society, strengthen democratic institutions and create a culture of change and conflict management. Partners trains thousands of business, community and government leaders in more than fifty countries to work together to peacefully guide transitions and craft sustainable solutions to complex problems.
“Our vision for the future is better dialogue about security, governance, accountability and performance with concrete and measurable actions taken towards reform.”
Teresa Crawford, Former Director - Partners Global
GPD supported Partners with a grant of $90,000 over two years to develop the Security Governance Accountability and Performance (S-GAP) framework and guide, a toolkit that supports security sector reform processes in post-conflict countries.
The framework offers a new approach to security sector reform by engaging civil society, governments, local and international security forces, the private sector and international organizations in the security dialogue and crafting a common language and shared definitions that support constructive collaboration.
S-GAP also provides leaders with the tools and skills they need to develop an impartial security system with a clear mission and democratic oversight that protects all citizens. The S-GAP tool will be designed in such a way that it can be adapted and applied to a range of country contexts and at different levels of government. In a first stage, Partners plans to pilot the tool in two countries, Guinea and Liberia, then revise it as necessary based on initial results.
Two other GPD grantees, the Center for the Study of Civil Military Operations (CSCMO) at West Point and Denver University’s Center for Middle East Studies (CMES), supported Partners’ work on this project.
“We want to see more investment in the institutional and policy changes necessary to make systems better and recognition of the role all stakeholders have in the reform process.“
Impact to date
The expected results of S-GAP are that the government, uniformed services and civil society working on security sector reform will have a shared vision and clearly defined benchmarks to measure progress towards transforming their security sector. In addition, the participatory process of creating and implementing the tool will offer ongoing opportunities to bring together the different sectors in a productive dialogue that contributes to a culture of civic collaboration in policy reforms.
Another GPD grant in 2015 will allow Partners to adapt the framework to help Honduras—currently one of the most violent countries in the world—transition from a military police force to a civilian police force. The government has faced challenges communicating this plan to the public and overcoming the lack of trust and respect toward the national police force.
In this context, S-GAP fills a great need to convene all the actors involved in this civilian police transition, to share data and security-related statistics, agree on benchmarks for monitoring progress on reforms and coordinate initiatives and resources.
“My experience supporting and working on security force development programs in Iraq and Afghanistan for 10 years inspired me to fund Partners to develop the Security Gap Framework as a tool for creating an integrated approach to security sector reform.”
John DeBlasio - Founder of GPD Charitable Trust