The AU Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform (SSR), was developed in fulfillment of a January 2008 Assembly Decision, and in line with the Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) policy adopted by the Executive Council in June 2006. The document was widely consulted with Member States and with the relevant security sector experts over a period of 3 years. The AU Policy Framework on SSR is a guide for the AU, Member States, RECs and partners for the implementation of SSR on the African continent, building on the international normative frameworks established by the United Nations. The decision and the leadership in the implementation of national SSR activities remains with Member States based on their own assessment of the country’s security and development needs. The AU and other partners can only assist in nationally owned and nationally led SSR processes. 

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