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DCAF works with the UN in strengthening its approach to SSR support in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2151 on SSR. In particular, DCAF cooperates with members of the UN Inter-Agency SSR Task Force in the area of policy and research as well as guidance development. An increasing focus is placed on the development of evidence-based knowledge that responds to concrete needs of UN staff at headquarters and field. Ongoing projects include among others:

  • Supporting the UN in mapping the approaches to SSR of multilateral organizations.
  • Conducting a review of the UN’s approach to defense sector reform support through its peacekeeping and political missions.
  • Undertaking research on the integration of ex-combatants into the security sector as a basis for further guidance development.

Key Resources

Security Sector Reform and Sustaining Peace: Proceedings of the High-Level Roundtable

Vincenza Scherrer and Alba Bescos Pou, Enhancing Multilateral Support for Security Sector Reform, Mapping Study, DCAF, 2018.

Vincenza Scherrer, Measuring the Impact of Peacebuilding Interventions on Rule of Law and Security Institutions, DCAF SSR Paper No. 6, 2012.

Alan Bryden and Vincenza Scherrer (eds.), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and Security Sector Reform, LIT/DCAF, 2012.

Vincenza Scherrer, “UN Support to National Security Policy-Making from an Institution-Building Perspective” in S+F: Sicherheit und Frieden/Security and Peace, Issue 3, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2012.

Heiner Hänggi and Vincenza Scherrer (eds.), Security Sector Reform and UN Integrated Missions: Experience from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, and Kosovo, LIT/DCAF, 2008.

Heiner Hänggi and Vincenza Scherrer, “Towards an Integrated Security Sector Reform Approach in UN Peace Operations”, in International peacekeeping, 15: 4, August 2008

Heiner Hänggi and Vincenza Scherrer, Towards a Common UN Approach to Security Sector Reform, DCAF Policy  Paper No. 25, 2007.