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Message from the director


Thomas Guerber, Director


  At DCAF, we consider good security governance central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and preventing the outbreak and recurrence of conflict

Thomas Guerber, DCAF DirectorDCAF is a leading global centre of excellence for security sector governance and security sector reform (SSG/R). Headquartered in Geneva, DCAF works in more than 75 countries to support good governance of the security sector, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. 

The goal of this work is to make states and people safer. 

Throughout our work we adhere to the principles of impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation and gender equality. These principles not only guide our programmes and engagement with national partners but also how we work as an organization. 

What does DCAF do? 

We support national actors in developing laws, policies and practices to improve the governance of their security sector.

We work with service providers such as the police, line ministries such as the ministry of defense and oversight institutions such as the parliament, as well as civil society and the media. 

We support these national partners in implementing inclusive and participatory reforms in order to improve how the security sector operates and how it is governed.

DCAF also works extensively with  international actors, including bilateral donors. Through our International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) we work with multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on designing and implementing programms to support states in developing their security sector, in line with international norms and good practices.

We are a knowledge organization; we prioritize the creation of knowledge products and capacity-building tools for state, civil society and the private sector involved in the SSG and SSR. 

Creating effective, accountable and inclusive security institutions remains the foundation on which long term political, social and economic development stands. DCAF’s role is to support and guide national partners and the international community through this process. 

At DCAF, we consider good security governance as central to achieving the sustainable development goals, and preventing the outbreak and reoccurrence of conflict. 

On our website, you will find details of our programmes and policy work as well as the latest resources on security sector governance and reform. 

Thank you for your interest in our work.

Ambassador Thomas Guerber
Director, DCAF