No will, no way: US-funded security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 6, 2010 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST

The CSIS Africa Program and Oxfam America hosts the launch of a new report by Oxfam America:

"No will, no way: US-funded security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo" 


Tara Gingerich
Oxfam America, report co-author

Tom Dempsey
Specialist Master, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Dr. Julie Chalfin
Africa Bureau Office of Regional and Security Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Richard Downie
Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Africa Program

Moderated by:

Jennifer Cooke
Director, CSIS Africa Program

The United States has since 2006 been assisting in the mammoth task of transforming the DRC's security sector into a set of professional and accountable institutions which protect civilians rather than abuse them. Tara Gingerich has been assessing these efforts for Oxfam America and will present the main findings. Thomas Dempsey, Colonel, U.S. army (ret.), is a specialist in Security Sector Reform (SSR) who directed the reconstitution and training of the Liberian Ministry of National Defense. He will offer his insights on the challenges of SSR in Africa. Julie Chalfin will give the U.S. Government perspective on its continuing efforts in the DRC. Richard Downie has been leading a CSIS project looking at police reform in Africa and will discuss ways of making U.S. support for this endeavor more coherent and effective.

Please RSVP promptly to, as space is limited.

Richard Downie

Richard Downie

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Africa Program