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Message from the director

 

Thomas Guerber, Director

Only in a world with accountable, transparent and effective security services can human dignity be protected and promoted. It is DCAF’s mission to make this vision a reality.

The Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for security sector governance and security sector reform.

Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF works to support good security governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. To this end, DCAF aims to make states and people safer.

We are guided by the principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation and gender equality. These principles not only guide our programmes, but also how we operate as an organisation.

We support national actors in developing laws, institutions, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector. We help them implement inclusive and participatory reforms based on international norms and good practices. DCAF also assists international actors - including bilateral donors and multilateral actors such as the United Nations, African Union, European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – in designing and implementing programs to support states in developing their security sector governance.

We prioritise the creation of knowledge products, and support the capacity-building of state, civil society and the private sector stakeholders involved in the security sector. Creating effective, accountable and inclusive security institutions is an essential component for SDGs and sustainable development. As such, we see DCAF’s role as supporting and guiding national partners and the international community through this process.

At DCAF, we view good security governance as a passport to a better future. Only in a world with accountable, transparent and effective security services can this future be realised, and can human dignity be protected and promoted. It is DCAF’s mission to make this vision a reality.