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DCAF-IPU Handbook on Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector

Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector: Principles, Mechanisms and Practices, Handbook for Parliamentarians is DCAF's flagship publication intended for parliamentarians.

Developed in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the handbook provides parliamentarians with a guide to the norms, principles, mechanisms, and best practices of parliamentary oversight of the security sector.

DCAF facilitates understanding and dissemination of the ideas set out in the Handbook through:

  • sponsoring translations of the Handbook into local languages
  • organising presentations of relevant translations in parliaments
  • organising awareness-raising and training events which focus on specific oversight issues addressed in the Handbook

As of November 2010, the Handbook been translated into 39 languages. Each version is published in hardcopy, and can also be downloaded online free of charge.