SAFE SEAS investigates maritime security governance and responses to transnational organised crime at sea.

Currently, SafeSeas is in the process of developing an evidence base on Transnational Organised Crime at Sea.

In the first phase of SafeSeas the focus was on external capacity building assistance in the Western Indian Ocean region. Between 2017 and 2018 SafeSeas has worked on the following results:

  1. The best practice toolkit titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean Experience” provides an essential guide for maritime security governance and for the planning, programming, and implementation of capacity building. The toolkit was launched in  March 2018 at a high-level symposium.
  2. Case studies of maritime security sector reform processes and the success and failure of capacity building in the region (including in Djibouti, Kenya, Israel, Pakistan, Seychelles, Somalia and South Africa) will be published as an edited volume (in production, expected publication in spring 2019).

For regular updates on project activity, and preliminary outputs please see our news section and follow us on Twitter @safeseas1

Other results and Working Papers

Other project results have been published as articles, or are available as working papers and blogs.

Working Papers

Initial project results are published as SAFE SEAS Concept Notes. These are work in progress documents that have the primary purpose of serving as consultation and discussion drafts. We welcome comments on any of the drafts.

  • Concept Note 1: Maritime Security Capacity Building: Spotting the Gaps. Discusses which methodologies are available for assessing maritime security sectors. Introduces the SPIP methodology developed and tested in the frame of SAFE SEAS. Keywords: Maritime Security Sector Reform; Capacity Building Needs; Maritime Security Strategies; SPIP Methodology.
  • Concept Note 2: Capacity Building and the Ownership Dilemma. Addresses the question of ‘local ownership’ in international capacity building and security sector reform. Keywords: Maritime Security Sector Reform; Capacity Building; Local Ownership; Dilemmas of Ownership; SPIP Methodology.
  • Concept Note 3 – Mapping Maritime Security Sectors. Outlines the framework for mapping maritime security sectors further developing the SPIP methodology as a framework. Keywords: Mapping Maritime Security; SPIP Methodology; Maritime Security Sector Reform; Spaces, Problems, Institutions and Projects; Maritime Governance.
  • Concept Note 4 – Maritime Security in Seychelles. Introduces the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in Seychelles, drawing on the SPIP methodology. The country profile is introduced, the organisation of maritime space reviewed and the core maritime security issues identified by the country are discussed. Keywords: Seychelles, SPIP Methodology; Mapping Maritime Security; Small Island Developing States; Maritime Governance; Spaces; Problems.
  • Concept Note 5 – Maritime Security in Kenya. Provides a primer to the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in Kenya drawing on elements of the SPIP methodology. It examines the maritime spaces of Kenya, the problems, and challenges facing these spaces as well as the existing legal, policy and institutional frameworks for tackling these problems. Keywords: Kenya, SPIP Methodology; Mapping Maritime Security; Blue Economy, Border Control, Maritime Governance; Western Indian Ocean.
  • Concept Note 6 – Capturing Capacity Building. Presents a basic framework for data collection that allows for capturing maritime security capacity building activities in the SAFE SEAS country cases. It provides guidelines for how we aim at gathering data through desk research, interviews and participant observation in order to study how capacity building is carried out in practice. Keywords: Data Collection; Capacity Building; Conceptual Framework; Projects; Practice.