Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
The Organisation Internationale of the Francophonie (OIF) is involved in promoting democracy, conflict prevention and settlement, good governance and the rule of law through the Délégation à la Paix, à la Démocratie et aux droits de l'Homme (DDHDP). Since the adoption of the Saint Boniface declaration in 2006, OIF is also strongly involved in promoting human security, notably in terms of gender sensitivity. DCAF works with the OIF to support SSR and SSG efforts in the OIF's member states and governments.
In 2011, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) became the newest Governing Board member of DCAF ISSAT, marking the increased cooperation between the IOF and DCAF in the field of SSR.
As part of its advocacy and outreach mandate, ISSAT supported an IOF workshop on SSR in December 2011, to increase awareness of IOF member Ambassadors and senior diplomats accredited to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. The workshop also aimed to discuss current trends and best practices of SSR, and to further explore how the IOF can engage in supporting SSR processes.
In 2011 DCAF and the IOF also agreed to join forces to conduct a project on ombuds-institutions for the armed forces in Francophone African states. The project aims to explore the functioning of ombuds-institutions for the armed forces in selected Francophone African states, and to engage these institutions in the ongoing exchange of best practices and experiences within the framework of the International Conference of Ombuds-Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF).
Other examples of OIF-DCAF cooperation include:
- promoting of the French version of the DCAF Gender Toolkit, in cooperation with the Canadian and French Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
- leading working sessions on gender and SSR under the framework of the OIF's inter-parliamentary SSR oversight seminars
- supporting translation of DCAF publications into French and simultaneous French interpretation at DCAF events