Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the 'Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces'. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance (SSG) through security sector reform (SSR). The Centre’s work to support effective, efficient security sectors which are accountable to the state and its citizens is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace.
DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender sensitivity and local ownership as the basis for supporting legitimate, sustainable reform processes.
DCAF is based in Geneva with permanent offices in Beirut, Ljubjana and Ramallah. The DCAF Foundation currently comprises 59 Member States from across the globe. The Center has over 100 staff from more than 30 countries.
Where does DCAF work?
DCAF conducts activities in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Comprehensive operational and policy research programmes are focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Newly Independent States and Southeast Europe.
What does DCAF do?
DCAF combines conceptual, analytical and operational capabilities in order to support a holistic SSR agenda. The Centre develops and promotes appropriate norms and standards at national and international levels, conducts policy-relevant research, offers tailored policy guidance and provides advisory field support and in-country assistance programmes.
DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) reinforces the capacity of the international community to support SSR processes, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states.
DCAF's main fields of expertise are:
parliamentary oversight of the security sector
police and border police management
private security governance
gender and security
public-private partnerships and security governance
ombuds institutions for the armed forces
DCAF’s core services in the field of security sector reform (SSR) and security sector governance (SSG) are:
strategic advice to governments and international organizations on the development of SSR / SSG policies
monitoring and evaluation
tools and guidance development
capacity-building and training