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Message from the Director

Thomas Guerber

This year we reflect with pride on our 20th anniversary. In the 20 years since DCAF was established we have expanded our work from supporting the reform of security sector institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, to working with national and international partners on reform and good governance work in more than 80 countries around the world. 

Our vision is a world in which human and national security are provided within democratically governed, accountable and effective security sectors. We believe this is an essential contributor to creating sustainable peace and development. 

To take this vision into our third decade, DCAF has a new Strategy for 2020-2024, which sets out four objectives:

  • Reaffirm the value of democratic governance in addressing current and emerging security challenges;
  • Enhance engagement in fragile and conflict-affected contexts;
  • Strengthen the contribution of SSG/R to international policy and practice;
  • Tailor our organization to better deliver on our mandate.

I would like to thank our many generous donors, who make DCAF's work possible. Special thanks go to our core funders: Switzerland, Sweden, and Liechtenstein, whose trust enables us to innovate, evolve and, plan for the future. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to DCAF’s staff, past and present, whose hard work and dedication over the last 20 years has made DCAF what it is today: an innovator in security sector governance and reform, and a trusted and knowledgeable partner with a reputation for excellence. 

Ambassador Thomas Guerber
Director, DCAF

Thomas Guerber, DCAF Director
Thank you to our generous donors, who make DCAF's work possible. Special thanks go to our core funders: Switzerland, Sweden, and Liechtenstein, whose trust enables us to innovate, evolve and, plan for the future.