New data on security and defence forces of Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad added to

Picture: Forêt Classée du Kou, near Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso (2002). Marco Schmidt. CC A-SA 2.5 Generic.

(Original picture clipped and captioned by SFM)

We have added extensive new data on the organizational structure and command personnel of the security and defence forces of Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger to

With this update now covers all the states of the G5 Sahel along with the Force conjointe transfrontalière du G5 Sahel, a joint transnational counter-terror operation launched in July 2017. Below, we give an overview of what’s in this data update.

Data update by record type

Burkina Faso64413442

Data update by force branch and date coverage

CountryForce branchCoverage until
Burkina FasoArmy, Air Force, Gendarmerie, Police23 April 2020
ChadArmy, Gendarmerie, Police15 June 2020
NigerArmy, Air Force, Gendarmerie17 February 2020

We constructed the data added to in this update during the course of 2020 as part of a close examination of the composition of the Force conjointe transfrontalière du G5 Sahel.

Since completing that round of research two of the states we’re providing data about in this update have experienced coups d’état; one of them successful. Elements of the military in Niger attempted a coup on 31 March 2021 but were unsuccessful. The government of Burkina Faso, however, was overthrown by army officers led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba on 23 January 2022.

Any changes in the composition, organization and leadership of the security and defence forces that have happened as a result of those events are not reflected in this update.

How are these data put together?

The data on are the outcome of Security Force Monitor’s research into security and defence forces implicated in human rights abuses. All the data are drawn from publicly available, mostly digital, sources. These include data and material we have taken from official government websites, media reportage, research done by human rights organizations and institutions at every level.

The information gained from this research is then modelled as data that can show the organizational structure, geographical footprint (infrastrcture and areas of operation) and command personnel of the forces over time. Every single data point is linked to the specific sources used to evidence it, meaning you can check our work (and build on it). At present, the data on are based on our analysis of over 14,000 sources.

We’ve written a lot more about our research method and approach to data in the Security Force Monitor Research Handbook.