DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE For a framework of sustained dialogue

supported The Peacekeeping School served as a framework for a regional conference on best practices in resource management in the defense and security sector in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and in Chad. Organized by the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance, in partnership with the Embassy of France, Danmark and other partners, the ceremony was chaired by the director of the School of Maintenance of Security. Peace, Colonel Souleymane Sangaré. It was in the presence of the General of Division Philippe Boutinaud defense and strategy adviser, the director of DCAF, the representative of Danmark Kennet Albret, representatives of Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Chad and Mali. The objective of the conference was to involve key stakeholders in a framework of sustained dialogue so that they could share recommendations for good practices in resource management in the security and defense sector. For Major General Philippe Boutinaud of DCAF, the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their citizens within the framework of democratic governance, rule of law, and with respect for Human Rights. According to him, “since its creation in 2000, it
contributes to making peace and development more sustainable by helping partner states, as well as the international actors that support them, to improve the governance of their security sector through participatory and inclusive reforms. It develops educational materials, promotes standards and good practices, delivers legal, policy and technical advice, and supports capacity development for both state and non-state stakeholders. Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger within the framework of the Danish regional program for peace and stabilization in the Sahel jointly with bilateral projects. The conference will he say “is part of the objective of the DCAF project to strengthen the supervision and democratic control of the defense and security sector in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger by contributing to the security systems and institutions sensitive to democratic control, respectful of human rights and the rule of law. It has been extended to Mauritania and Chad as part of funding from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, he stressed. According to him, “the participation of representatives from Mauritania and Chad offers the opportunity to promote best practices in resource management in the defense and security sectors at the level of
G5 Sahel ”. He will say that the conference brought together representatives of each State, specialists and in charge of the best management of resources in the defense and security sector, to offer a platform for sharing skills and sensitizing the States of the sub-region to the need for greater transparency, viability and accountability in the use of regional national resources mobilized in security and defense policies and in the fight against armed groups. It emerged from the recommendations of internal control, to promote ethics at all levels through awareness campaigns, develop a risk-based approach endorsed at the highest level, adapt and disseminate good examples of existing procedure windows, in part. - in terms of public procurement, on the basis of a standard typology, formulate a doctrine common to all the states concerned on the subject of the defense classification, empower and make the inspection services more independent, strengthen the capacities of auditors external, transmit audits to the criminal prosecution, adopt procedures preventing re-employment in decision-making positions of people sanctioned among others. The representative of Den - mark Kenneth Albret will say that governance in the security defense sector is at the heart of the concerns within the framework of this conference in favor of the peace and security of the G5 Sahel countries. Denmark intends to contribute to strengthening democratic control and surveillance of the defense and security sector in the Sahel region, by promoting an inclusive approach with respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. For Alidou Sanfo, Parliamentarian of Burkina Faso and member of the defense and security committee, the objective is to bring together the actors who intervene in the context of auditing the resources allocated to the security sector. As a parliament, it is our responsibility to follow the implementation of the budget through the credits that are allocated for the purchase of heavy and important equipment that the army and the security are called to carry out, to place orders. . It goes without saying to follow its realization to avoid and ensure that the questions of corruption, overbilling of inadequate equipment cannot exist. According to him, sub-Saharan Africa has very limited resources. This kind of conference allows the different countries to be able to capitalize, exchange and share the good practices which will make it possible to better manage the resources that we have to ensure that populations can benefit from security. We want the actors to meet regularly in the different countries to form a team, an alliance, a good collaboration and work together.
Professor Ibriga Luc Marius State Controller of the Fight against Corruption in Burkina will say that the objective of this meeting was to exchange experiences on the issue of the management of resources allocated to the defense and security sector. . The meeting was to see, depending on the country, how things are going in order to think together to find solutions so that there is transparency in the management of the resources made available to the military and the police, to allow citizens to know where their taxes go. He said that lately our countries have all been shaken either by insurgencies or by uprisings. The opacity in the relation that the citizen has with the institutions often leads to what people revolt. Citizens must know that if we invest a lot of money in defense, there must be transparency so that we can have results. For him, the meeting was very beneficial. It made it possible to see that there is a similarity in relation to our different countries and that there is a need to shed a harsh light on the field of defense and security. There has to be a transformation of our administrations and our armies. It has been observed that our administrations have remained command administrations even though they must be service administrations; and the same goes for the army, which must protect the citizens for greater stability. The director of the School of Peacekeeping, Colonel Souleymane Sangaré will say that “we are completing the first edition of this conference on best practices. It must be recognized that this end marks the beginning of a long collaboration, solid, efficient and beneficial for all the States concerned in their entirety, as well as their populations. The level of participation in this conference is one more element which reflects in a concrete and tangible way the commitment of the actors responsible for the management of resources in the States concerned, above all shows the importance that each of us , grants to the questions raised. The commitment of the Malian government to implement the relevant recommendations of this space, I have no doubt that the other leaders will do the same ”.