Gurkhas and the private security business in Africa

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The 1990s saw a growth in the number of private firms offering a wide portfolio of security products. These firms were often run by a couple of individuals who maintain a list of 'contacts' available for security subcontracting or discreet deals. Such firms own few assets and are positioned to mobilise their contacts at short notice. A number of these firms have tried to use Gurkhas from Nepal in their operations in Africa, as their employment is considered more cost-effective
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeace, profit or Plunder? The Privatisation of Security in War-Torn African Societies
EditorsJakkie Cilliers, Peggy Mason
Place of PublicationHalfway House
PublisherInstitute of Security Studies
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780620238342
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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