Since 2000, DCAF has facilitated security sector reform programming around the world.
DCAF’s operations comprise programming in:
-Middle East and North Africa
-Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia
-Latin America and the Caribbean
DCAF also supports the international community in better delivering its assistance globally
The Southeast Europe Division, DCAF’s first operational division, has worked with governments, parliaments, security providers and civil society organizations in the SEE region since 2001 to help ensure the efficient, effective, responsible and accountable provision of security, and to strengthen democratic security sector governance.
As our largest operational division, with around 60 staff spread across its Geneva headquarters and regional field offices in Beirut, Ramallah, Tripoli and Tunis, the Middle East and North Africa Division assists in the development of good security sector governance based on democracy, the rule of law and efficient and accountable security provisions. In doing so, it seeks to address some of the root causes of state fragility and violent extremism that are particular to the MENA region.
Stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa have significantly shaped the evolution of security sector reform as a concept. DCAF is strongly committed to supporting African states and citizens in further enhancing democratic governance and oversight of the security and justice sector. Additionally, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia are all members of DCAF’s Foundation Council.
Nations in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia have benefited from more than 20 years of political and economic development assistance, not least in terms of democratic governance of the security sector. Despite this assistance, democratic and security sector institutions still face serious governance challenges. Armed conflicts have also occurred at local, national and international levels
In the Asia-Pacific region, we support multi-stakeholder dialogue on SSG/R with parliaments, governments, security providers and civil society with the aim of informing, promoting and – whenever possible – supporting transition to good security sector governance.
As our newest operational team, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) unit will be focusing on supporting governments to strengthen citizen security policies through the development of police governance and urban safety approaches and programmes. The LAC unit's developing programmes are mainly focused on Central America and Colombia.