Informations about National Regulations and Regional and International Initiatives.


Like the African Union, ECOWAS has addressed the regulation of the private security sector in a number of general references:

‘recognizes that democratic governance and human security are at the core of the strategy, which aims at making security a regional public good and an essential service for citizens as well as a vital component in achieving sustainable development’

In addition, in its Conflict Prevention Framework, ECOWAS refers to PSCs as part of the target groups of the ‘security management’ component.


‘The armed forces, the police and other security agencies shall during their training receive instructions on the Constitution of their country, ECOWAS principles and regulations, human rights, humanitarian law and democratic principles.’


Member States of the ECOWAS