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Thailand – NBT SSG Workshop Series for Community Radio Broadcasters

In 2013, DCAF concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand on the ‘Cooperation in Capacity Building in the Area of Media and Security Sector Governance’. The MoU paved the way for joint projects on familiarising and empowering the media in security sector governance in Thailand, in particular in support of the protracted peace process in the three southern provinces of Thailand.
These included numerous capacity-building workshops for local community radio broadcasters in Southern Thailand, as well with national media, government agencies, parliamentarians and civil society representatives on SSG-related themes in Bangkok.

Philippines – NDCP Workshop Series of SSG/R

Since 2008, DCAF and FES have supported the National Defence College of the Philippines (NDCP) on SSR-related capacity building for the defence and broader security sector community in the Philippines. This includes annual workshops for senior military officers, officials from other security institutions, government agencies, parliament, local authorities and civil society organisations.
The workshops, held at NDCP headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, focus on introducing SSG/R concepts and adapting them to the specific context of the Philippines, including peace processes, post-conflict peacebuilding, DDR/normalisation, or, in May 2017, the impact of federalism on the security sector. Some workshops were co-hosted by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Myanmar – GCSP-DCAF Course

DCAF contributes to conflict prevention and peacebuilding of Myanmar by partnering with its sister centre, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), to offer a pragmatic and policy-focused training course for Myanmar government officials, parliamentarians, members of former ethnic armed organisations and CSO members. Already in its fifth annual iteration, this course performs an essential function in bringing together a broad and mixed constituency around a common table to discuss shared stakes in the country’s transition towards democracy, rule of law and the provision of human security.
It offers participants not only the chance to learn, but also the chance to network in Geneva and in Myanmar with an alumni network of like-minded national stakeholders on key reform topics, such as the functioning of political systems, political decentralisation, good governance, security sector governance and reform, human rights, transitional justice and intercultural awareness.

Myanmar – EU Police Reform 

Together with other implementing partners of the EU project, DCAF was mandated from 2013 to 2015 to support local stakeholders in their efforts to develop a future vision of the Myanmar Police Force (MPF), to review the MPF’s legal framework and to strengthen parliamentary accountability of the MPF. From December 2015 to March 2016, DCAF joined a UK-funded project to continue and consolidate results from this work beyond the November 2015 national elections.
In March 2017, DCAF joined the 5-year follow-up EU project and became responsible for supporting the development of a police reform strategy and relevant guiding documents, including on internal accountability, by supporting the review of existing laws and crafting a modernised legal framework on policing, and improving the capacity of the Myanmar Parliament to oversee the MPF.