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Trust-Building in Security and Rule of Law Partnerships

Berghof Foundation

Trust-building between citizens and security-related state institutions often features in SRoL programming in societies affected by political instability and violent conflict. However, policy assumptions on how this trust comes about often remain implicit or causally opaque. At the same time, research suggests that trust is a highly complex, context-specific and, at times, ambivalent social phenomenon. Which theoretical controversies around trust are the most relevant for SRoL policymakers and practitioners? We highlight pertinent research insights to stimulate a debate on risks, biases and knowledge gaps around trust-building and to improve SRoL programming.

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