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DCAF Activities in Ukraine

Ukraine is one of DCAF's founding members. DCAF's programmes have assisted Ukraine's democratisation process since 2001 with workshops, training and documentation focusing on parliamentary, civil society and security institution capacity building on democratic security governance issues.

DCAF has worked extensively on security governance issues with a wide range of Ukrainian stakeholders since 2001. The foundation for many activities was provided by a cooperation platform with the Defence and Security Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on security sector reform, legislative development, transparency, and accountability issues also included the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), National Institute for Strategic Studies, (NISS), Border Guards department, intelligence services (SBU), ombuds institution and civil society organisations. DCAF has also cooperated with security sector institutions in bilateral and other cooperative formats.

DCAF has operated on a demand basis due to consistent engagement with Ukrainian stakeholders. At least five capacity development events have taken place per annum, incorporating relevant translations of key DCAF knowledge products and publication of a variety of mapping studies.

Activities have encompassed knowledge transfer and capacity development programming on oversight issues, including workshops on transparency, accountability and policy-making tools related to:

  • Parliamentary Capacity Development
  • Legislative Development & Assistance (inc. Human Rights & Gender)
  • Defence, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Reform
  • Ombuds Institution, Civil Society & Media Capacity Development

DCAF currently cooperates frequently with the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine (OSCE PCU) and NATO Liaison Office (NLO) on programming, with the Razumkov Centre and Centre for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS) as notable local NGO partners, and has also coordinated with the EU Delegation as well as the EU Assistance Mission SSR. Throughout the last decade, many of DCAF’s programmes have been made possible by the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.

A key element of current programming is cooperation from with the Razumkov Centre, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on a series of conferences elaborating a broad range of security sector governance best practices. A website to support the project featuring dedicated resources will be launched mid-year 2016.

Additionally, since late 2014 DCAF has also cooperated with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and, from 2015, the OSCE PCU to facilitate a multi-stakeholder programming on the development of Ukraine’s independent humanitarian demining capability. The aim of the project is to elaborate best practices related to the disposal of unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war via an independent humanitarian demining (inc. UXO and ERW) capacity.