Many states seek support from DCAF to design and implement inclusive and participatory reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and accountability of security provision. Our work with national partners succeeds because it is informed by respect for national ownership, in-depth knowledge of local contexts and comparative experiences from different geographical regions.
Security and justice reforms are often carried out with extensive support from international actors, either through bilateral donor assistance or in the framework of cooperation with multilateral organizations. Helping bilateral and multilateral actors become better international partners in supporting SSR is a core dimension of DCAF’s work.
As a leading world centre of competence in SSG/R, DCAF contributes to international discourses on development, peace and security policy, as well as to norms, standards and good practices.
Across all the areas below, DCAF brings extensive experience in strategic planning, programme management and understanding of the political context of SSR processes.
The International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) provides practical support to the international community, in improving security and justice in conflict-affected and fragile states. ISSAT works with a group of member states and institutions to build their capacity, enhance the effectiveness and quality of SSR programming and to facilitate the coordination and coherence of of international assistance for nationally driven SSR processes.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development constitutes one of the main conceptual frameworks for DCAF’s work in the coming decade. Thus, DCAF has focused on supporting several dimensions of the SDG framework, particularly SDGs 5, 11 and 16