African knowledge and experience have contributed much to the evolution of the SSR concept and DCAF is strongly committed to supporting African states and citizens in enhancing democratic governance and oversight of the security and justice sector. Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia are members of DCAF’s Foundation Council.
As a neutral and independent organisation, DCAF has established relations and developed partnerships with a wide range of African governments, parliaments, military and security forces, civil society actors as well as regional organisations, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the South African Development Community (SADC). DCAF also works with bilateral donors and international organisations, including the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), to support African-led SSR efforts.
DCAF aims to:
- support regional organisations in promoting good governance of the security and justice sector through development of regional norms and standards, and in providing effective technical assistance on security sector governance and reform to members states
- support national governments in ensuring well-coordinated and holistic SSR processes
- support national authorities to improve the governance of their security and justice sector by developing and enforcing policy and legal framework and establishing or reinforcing internal oversight structures of the security sector
- support national parliaments and civil society actors and enhance their capacity to effectively oversee the security sector
- strengthen the integration of a gender perspective in SSR processes and support the full participation of men and women in the democratic governance of the security sector
- fill gaps in knowledge on SSR/G challenges in Africa through policy research