Centre for Democracy and Development Working Paper: Private Military/ Security Companies, Privatisation of Violence and National Security: Implications for Democratic Nigeria by Chris MA Kwaja
Contemporary discourse on the state and security has shifted from the traditional assumption that security is a public good that is an exclusive preserve of the state to provide, to one that is currently witnessing the gradual withdrawal of the state from the provision of security and above all, a wholesome privatization of security provisioning. Conditioned on this fact, this paper examines the relationship between Private Military/ Security Companies (PMSCs) and national security, and the implications of such relationship for democratic governance in Nigeria. The central argument
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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and registered in Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organization. The organization aims at mobilizing global opinion for democratic development and provides an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development process in West Africa. CDD envisions a West Africa that is democratically governed, economically integrated - promoting human security and people centred development. The Centre remains focused on capacity building work, policy advocacy, and as a research reference point on democratic governance, human security, people-centred development and human rights.
Osun State Gubernatorial Election Report
Following accreditation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the August 9th, 2014 governorship election in Osun State, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) deployed accredited observers to observe the governorship election in several polling units in 20 local government areas of the State. On the Election Day, our observers monitored the accreditation, voting, counting, and the announcement of election results in
Civil Society Statement on the Current Ebola Crisis in West Africa:
A Call for Appointment of ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola:
September 1, 2014 – Dakar, Senegal
In light of the current epidemic of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, we the undersigned civil society organizations call on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional as ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola.
The current epidemic, which has been characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the deadliest Ebola outbreak since this virus was discovered in 1976, has claimed the lives of at least 1,552 people in West Africa including many health personnel. We applaud and support the brave work of the health personnel who continue to put their lives at risk in the care of victims of Ebola despite very difficult working environment. We stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, families, and communities who are battling for their lives and struggling to care for loved ones.
Déclaration de la société civile sur la crise actuelle d’Ébola en Afrique de l'Ouest
Appel pour la nomination d’un Envoyé spécial de la CEDEAO pour la lutte contre Ébola
1 Septembre 2014 – Dakar, Sénégal
Au vu de l'épidémie actuelle de la Maladie à Virus Ébola (EVD) en Afrique de l'Ouest, nous, les organisations de la société civile, signataires de la présente déclaration, en appelons aux Etats membres de la CEDEAO de nommer un Envoyé Spécial de la CEDEAO pour la lutte contre le virus Ébola. Cette personnalité serait un médecin ou un professionnel de la santé, ouest-africain influent, au leadership et à la compétence avérés.
L'épidémie actuelle, caractérisée par l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) comme la plus meurtrière depuis que ce virus a été découvert en 1976, a déjà coûté la vie à au moins 1.552 personnes en Afrique de l'Ouest, y compris de nombreux professionnels de la santé. Nous saluons et soutenons le travail courageux des professionnels de la santé qui continuent de risquer leur vie pour la prise en charge des victimes d'Ébola en dépit d'un environnement de travail très difficile. Nous sommes de tout cœur avec nos frères, sœurs, les familles et les communautés qui luttent pour leur vie et pour prendre soin de leurs proches.
African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders:: 141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out
Johannesburg, August 25, 2014) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African countries.
The African Union (AU) Office of the Legal Counsel is convening a
Centre for Democracy and Development’s Preliminary Report on Osun Gubernatorial Election
Released 4:30pm, August 9, 2014
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD cddwestafrica.org) duly accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the Osun State Governorship Election on August 9th, 2014, observed the election in 20 local governments in the state.
Press Release: The need for caution in the militarisation of Osun State during the 2014 Gubernatorial Election
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has been monitoring events leading to the Governorship Election on August 9 in Osun State. CDD recently released a Briefing Note on recent developments in Osun State. As the election approaches, CDD believes there are issues that should be resolved immediately to ensure a level playing ground for all political parties, gubernatorial candidates and citizens of Osun State.
CDD recalls that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan while attending the PDP
NCICC PRESS RELEASE: Enhance the Committee on Victims Support Fund (CVSF) through passage of the “Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill, 2012”
1 AUGUST 2014
The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) Calls on the National Assembly to Immediately Pass into Law the “Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill, 2012” to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in supporting victims of international crimes in Nigeria.
Press Release: Political Parties Commit to Peace in the Osun Gubernatorial Election
The Centre of Democracy and Development (CDD) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme/Democratic Governance for Development (UNDP/DGD) on July 31 2014 convened a high-level stakeholders meeting involving political parties, governorship candidates, traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, the media and other stakeholders ahead of the scheduled August 9th2014 Governorship election in Osogbo, Osun State. The meeting was organized