SAFE SEAS is a pilot project that investigates the experience of maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean. It will lead to the following results:

  1. A best practice toolkit for the planning, programming, and implementation of capacity building projects (available in March 2018).
  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) published as an edited volume (available from autumn 2019).

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Initial results

Initial 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.

  • 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 the 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.