n Conflict Trends - The role of the private security industry in Africa's peacekeeping missions

Volume 2007, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


As Africa remains embroiled in protracted conflicts, the private security industry has become increasingly involved in the continent's peacekeeping missions. This involvement is informed by an increasing demand from governments unable to achieve stability, arising from intrastate conflicts. The United Nations (UN) deploys the largest number of its peacekeeping forces on the African continent. Current UN peacekeeping missions include the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (MINUCI), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The African Union (AU) has, since 2004, led peace efforts in Sudan (AMIS), Somalia (AMISOM), the Central African Republic (FOMUC) and the Comoros (AMISEC). These AU missions have, among others, been backed by the African Peace Facility (APF), which is funded by the European Union. African peacekeeping missions are costly, yet their effectiveness remains a problem. Africa is increasingly experiencing an influx of the private security industry, in the form of private security companies (PSCs) and private military companies (PMCs). The industry renders security services to peacekeeping missions in Africa.

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