Moritz Schuberth

Measuring the Success of Approaches to Community-Based Armed Groups

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Community-Based Armed Groups (CBAGs) are armed groups that are embedded within communities and whose delineation can be defined by territory, blood ties, or shared identities; this definition includes vigilantes, militias, and criminal gangs. Different intervening actors—governments, communities, civil society organizations, humanitarian and development agencies, and security providers—have approached the challenges posed by CBAGs in sub-Saharan Africa. However, it is difficult to measure results of approaches to CBAGs, attribute them to specific interventions, and evaluate their impacts. This policy note offers recommendations on how to assess the success of different approaches to CBAGs, proposing a set of indicators that intervening actors could use to measure the progress of interventions in meeting their objectives.


Suggested citation:

Schuberth, Moritz. Measuring the Success of Approaches to Community-Based Armed Groups. Washington, D.C.: RESOLVE Network, 2020.