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Niagalé Bagayoko is a political scientist. She has done extensive field research on security systems in African Francophone countries, Western security policies (France, United States, European Union) in Africa and African conflict-management mechanisms, focusing on the interface between security and development. She has taught at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. From 2010 to 2015, she managed the “peacekeeping and peacebuilding programme” at the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). She is now the Chair of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) .
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
- - Supervision of Research programmes:
- "Security in an Africa of Networked, Multi-level Governance" (ESRC/AHRC funded programme); o “Security systems in Francophone Africa, (funded by DFID): Field research in the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.
- “Regional security from below” (working group of the Consortium on Security Transformation along with the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies in the Philippines).
- “The European Union security Policy in Africa”.
- - Consultancies:
- extensive fields reports for the British DFID on the security sector in Cameroon and in the Central African Republic (2008);
- series of outputs at both a policy and a programmatic level aimed at increasing awareness within the British and French Governments of the similarities and differences between the Anglophone and Francophone security systems (2009);
- Support to the Team Leader of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts, MSU, in the provision of support to Special Representative of the UN Secretary General SRSG during the National Dialogue Process in the Central African Republic with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of DCAF (ISSAT/DCAF)
- Assessment of the Senegalese security system for the Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (with the DCAF);
- Monitoring of the Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform (SSAPR) programme (DFID funded) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2010);
- assistance to the African Union Commission in the writing of the zero draft of the African Union (AU) Security Sector Reform Policy Framework (2010)
- Supporting the ECOWAS Peace and Security Department in developing the Ecowas Security Sector Governance Plan of Action (2009); o Building programme aimed to develop in South Sudan the necessary foundations for enhanced delivery of support to national SSR efforts, particularly in the areas of technical guidance development, lessons learned and training (2010;
- Organization of SSR parliamentarian trainings in Mali and Togo (2009).