Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Since its creation, DCAF has sustained engagement with key stakeholders in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine are all members of DCAF’s Foundation Council.
DCAF’s work in the region aims to support:
- parliamentary capacity development;
- defence reform;
- intelligence reform;
- civil society capacity-building on security sector oversight issues.
In Ukraine, DCAF has assisted Ukraine’s democratisation process since 2001 with workshops, training and documentation focusing on parliamentary, civil society and security institution capacity-building on democratic security sector reform and governance issues.
In the Caucasus, DCAF works to meet the ongoing need to build effective democratic institutions by conducting security sector governance assessments and capacity-building activities in cooperation with parliaments, ministries of defence and civil society and international organisations.
In Central Asia, DCAF has focused on parliamentary and civil society capacity-building on democratic security sector oversight issues, as well as on defence and law enforcement reform pilot projects.
In the Russian Federation, DCAF’s activities have principally focused on parliamentary and civil society capacity-building programmes. DCAF has sought to develop the capacity of stakeholders to address security sector reform priorities and address democratic oversight issues.
At the regional and national level, DCAF has cooperated with a number of organisations including the CIS Parliamentary Assembly, CIS Military Staff, CSTO, NATO, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, OSCE and UNDP.