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Message from the Director

Thomas Guerber

In 2020, we will mark 20 years since DCAF was established at the initiative of the Swiss government. The Centre's founding mandate was to assist security institutions to reform themselves in ways that would help stabilize the fragile peace following the 1990s Balkans conflicts and during the democratic transitions of Central and Eastern Europe.

Back then, ‘democratic control of armed and security forces’ was rightly considered a keystone of lasting peace and stability, under the OSCE's 1994 Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security.

Today, this concept has matured into an expansive vision of security sector governance and reform as a vital pillar of peace, security and sustainable development.

To reflect our evolved role within this broadened context, we have formally renamed ourselves DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, and taken on new branding, as of 2 May 2019.

By preserving the distinct DCAF acronym, our new designation salutes our origins while looking ahead, conveying both continuity and renewal. Similarly, our new visual identity communicates the trustworthiness and expertise that form the bedrock of everything we do, while hinting at the pioneering spirit that has always driven DCAF forwards.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our generous donors, without whom DCAF's work would be impossible. Special thanks go to our core funders: Switzerland, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Estonia and the Open Society Foundations, whose trust enables us to innovate, evolve and plan for the future.

At DCAF we are proud to be part of the international community that is working to make security and justice institutions more accountable and effective, and people around the world more secure.

Ambassador Thomas Guerber

Director, DCAF

Thomas Guerber, DCAF Director
Thank you to our generous donors, without whom DCAF's work would be impossible. Special thanks go to our core funders: Switzerland, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Estonia and the Open Society Foundations, whose trust enables us to innovate, evolve and plan for the future.