In 2000, at a ceremony in Geneva, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Adolf Ogi, and founding Director of DCAF, Dr. Theodor Winkler, signed our Founding Act. Twenty-two states and the Canton of Geneva joined Switzerland in forming DCAF’s first Foundation Council.
In the 20 years since, DCAF has become a globally recognized and respected ‘think and do tank’, providing expertise to security sector reform and governance initiatives in more than 80 countries. Our Foundation Council now has 63 member states, and we have more than 200 staff working in Geneva and 13 field offices on four continents.
This year we celebrate these 20 years of innovation in policy and practice. 20 years of strengthening support for good governance. 20 years of helping to lay the foundation for peace and sustainable development.
Read our Director's message.
Over our first 20 years the concept of security sector governance and reform has matured into a more expansive vision that includes not just security forces and their institutions, but parliamentarians, civil society organizations, and the media. DCAF now works with all these stakeholders, creating original knowledge products, promoting norms and good practices, providing policy advice, and supporting capacity building.