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For more than fifteen years DCAF has facilitated security sector reform programming in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.


The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is dedicated to making states and people safer. Good security sector governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, is the very basis of development and security. DCAF assists partner states in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices.


DCAF also advises governments and international organisations in designing and implementing their own programmes for supporting states in developing their security sector governance. DCAF creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, and provides legal and policy advice. DCAF supports capacity building of state, civil society and private sector stakeholders through providing access to independent expertise and information on security sector governance (SSG) and reform (SSR).


DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises 62 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. With operational activities in over 70 countries, DCAF is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance and security sector reform. Headquartered at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, DCAF also has field offices in Beirut, Brussels, Ljubljana, Ramallah,Tripoli and Tunis. DCAF employs more than 170 staff with a broad range of expertise, from over 40 countries. In all its activities, DCAF is guided by the principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation and gender equality.

 

mission and values

DCAF is guided by the principles of impartiality, local ownership, people-centred support and gender equality.

DCAF is devoted to making states and people safer, within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

DCAF works towards this ultimate objective by assisting partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and best practices, and in response to specific local contexts and challenges.

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Member States

DCAF’s Foundation Council comprises 62 member states, the Canton of Geneva and six permanent observers. Regional and multilateral partners, including the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the OSCE, the OECD, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, are also represented on various subsidiary bodies of the Foundation Council.

  • ALBANIA
    ALBANIA

    (2000)

  • ARGENTINA
    ARGENTINA

    (2009)

  • ARMENIA
    ARMENIA

    (2002)

  • AUSTRIA
    AUSTRIA

    (2000)

  • AZERBAIJIAN
    AZERBAIJIAN

    (2002)

  • BELARUS
    BELARUS

    (2002)

  • BELGIUM
    BELGIUM

    (2004)

  • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    (2001)

  • BULGARIA
    BULGARIA

    (2000)

  • BURKINA-FASO
    BURKINA FASO

    (2009)

  • BURUNDI
    BURUNDI

    (2010)

  • CANADA
    CANADA

    (2003)

  • COTE D'IVOIRE
    CÔTE D'IVOIRE

    (2001)

  • CROATIA
    CROATIA

    (2001)

  • CYPRUS
    CYPRUS

    (2008)

  • CZECH REPUBLIC
    CZECH REPUBLIC

    (2000)

  • DENMARK
    DENMARK

    (2002)

  • ESTONIA
    ESTONIA

    (2000)

  • FINLAND
    FINLAND

    (2000)

  • FRANCE
    FRANCE

    (2000)

  • GENEVA
    GENEVA

    (2002)

  • GEORGIA
    GEORGIA

    (2001)

  • GERMANY
    GERMANY

    (2000)

  • GHANA
    GHANA

    (2011)

  • HUNGARY
    HUNGARY

    2000

  • INDONESIA
    INDONESIA

    2007

  • IRELAND
    IRELAND

    2000

  • ITALY
    ITALY

    2001

  • KYRGYZSTAN
    KYRGYZSTAN

    2011

  • LATVIA
    LATVIA

    2000

  • LEBANON
    LEBANON

    2007

  • LIECHTENSTEIN
    LIECHTENSTEIN

    2006

  • LITHUANIA
    LITHUANIA

    2000

  • LUXEMBOURG
    LUXEMBOURG

    2003

  • MACEDONIA (Republic of)
    MACEDONIA (Republic of)

    2000

  • MADAGASCAR
    MADAGASCAR

    2015

  • MALI
    MALI

    2011

  • MALTA
    MALTA

    2008

  • MOLDOVA
    MOLDOVA

    2002

  • MONGOLIA
    MONGOLIA

    2014

  • MONTENEGRO
    MONTENEGRO

    2006

  • NETHERLANDS
    NETHERLANDS

    2001

  • NIGERIA
    NIGERIA

    2000

  • NORWAY
    NORWAY

    2002

  • PHILIPPINES
    PHILIPPINES

    2011

  • POLAND
    POLAND

    2000

  • ROMANIA
    ROMANIA

    2000

  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION
    RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    2000

  • SENEGAL
    SENEGAL

    2011

  • SERBIA
    SERBIA

    2001

  • SLOVAK REPUBLIC
    SLOVAK REPUBLIC

    2001

  • SLOVENIA
    SLOVENIA

    2001

  • SOUTH AFRICA
    SOUTH AFRICA

    2001

  • SPAIN
    SPAIN

    2001

  • SWEDEN
    SWEDEN

    2001

  • SWITZERLAND
    SWITZERLAND

    2000

  • TUNISIA
    TUNISIA

    2011

  • TURKEY
    TURKEY

    2003

  • UKRAINE
    UKRAINE

    2000

  • UNITED KINGDOM
    UNITED KINGDOM

    2000

  • UNITED STATES
    UNITED STATES

    2000

 

DCAF Governance

DCAF's governance arrangements include a Foundation Council comprising the nominated representatives of DCAF's Member States and an International Advisory Board of international development, rule of law and security professionals. 

The Foundation Council is the supreme body of the DCAF Foundation and comprises 63 member states including the canton of Geneva.

The Bureau of the Foundation Council makes policy decisions in between formal sessions of the Foundation Council.

All of the internationally supported foundations established by the Swiss Confederation between 1995 and 2000 – the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Geneva Centre for International Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), as well as DCAF – are strategic partners of the Swiss government and are accommodated together in the ‘Maison de la Paix’.

Along with its sister centres GICHD and GCSP, DCAF is also managed by a multi-department steering committee in Bern.

Any nation with a demonstrable commitment to the democratic governance of the security sector is most welcome to join DCAF's governing board.

By joining, nations do not automatically commit themselves to support DCAF financially: however, they are offered opportunities to influence and shape DCAF’s programming priorities not only at national, but also at regional and international levels.