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DCAF Southeast Europe Regional Young Faces Network



The DCAF Young Faces Network brings together young professionals from Southeast Europe who want to increase their knowledge on security sector reform (SSR).  Each year capacity building activities for young scholars, government officials, journalists and civil society leaders from the Southeast Europe region are organised as part of the programme to develop their skills to monitor and work on SSR in their countries.

This project is funded by DCAF.

Project activities

The programme operates on a yearly cycle. Each cycle focuses on one issue pertinent to current national, regional and international security concerns. Recent themes have been: police reform, cooperation and EU integration; peace support operations in the EU; and most recently, understanding intelligence oversight mechanisms.

These themes are discussed in training workshops. Participants meet with experts from the region and the rest of Europe to gain theoretical insights and apply their knowledge in interactive training sessions. In addition, each participant has to write an essay related to the content of the workshops. The best essays are then published by DCAF [link to examples of past essays by YFN participants].

DCAF Young Faces Alumni Network

The Young Faces Network represents one of DCAF’s key long-term contributions to security sector reform in Southeast Europe. To date, it has included more than 100 young experts from the region. The workshops also represent an excellent opportunity for these young people to meet and exchange ideas with former Young Faces participants and other security sector professionals from the Western Balkans.

How can I take part?

Basic requirements for participating in the YFN:

  • Be no more than 35 years old
  • Be graduate students, junior public officials, or members of civil society or the media from the Western Balkans or Moldova
  • Hold a graduate degree (or be enrolled in a graduate degree programme) or possess equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • Have a good command of English, spoken and written

The participants for the YFN are selected every year on the basis of an application. The call for applications is published on this page and also advertised throughout the region.