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DCAF organizes a number of different courses each year. Many of these are by invitation only, but some courses are open to the general public. These courses are listed below, and are usually run at the request of one or more of our international partners.

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Upcoming courses

  • Core Course on Security Sector Reform by the Austrian Centre for Peace, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence (in the framework of the European Security and Defence College) 
    6 – 12 October 2023 in Stadtschlaining, Austria
    Read more and apply here.
  • Course on Security and Justice Governance and Reform by UN Training School Ireland and DCAF
    7 September 2023 – 22 September 2023
    (Applications closed 26 June)





Course Catalogue

  • Course on Security and Justice Governance and Reform (SJGR)
    This course aims to provide participants with knowledge and practical tools on SSG/R and justice. It touches upon the holistic nature of SSG/R with a focus on both people-centered and state-centered security and justice provision in fragile and development contexts. For interactive courses and practical use, the course introduces tools related to the programme cycle and builds on DCAF’s operational experience.
  • Course on SSG/R’s Contribution to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)
    DCAF’s course on SSG/R and PVE enables participants to better understand the drivers (¬including root causes and triggers) of violent extremism in contexts of fragility and development. It includes an emphasis on the security and development nexus and covers human security, access to justice and community violence reduction (CVR). It emphasizes the need to adopt a holistic approach to SSG/R.
  • Making the Difference in Peacebuilding, Security and Development - RBM and Beyond
    The course, jointly delivered by DCAF, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Small Arms Survey, consists of instruction in essential tools and techniques, current lessons from the field (case studies), guidance from experts, and hands-on practice developing skills for peace, security and development programmes. It is designed to build the skills of practitioners who already work in results-based management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development.
  • Effective Advising Capacities for Strategic Security and Justice Sector Reform Advisors
    The target audience of this course are international experts advising on SSG/R processes in peacebuilding contexts, countries emerging from violence and undergoing social, political and institutional transformation. It provides participants with tools to analyse their own advisory roles and capacities, to better understand their contexts of operation, and apply key frameworks of capacity development, change and inclusive governance in their work.



If you are interested in any tailor-made courses or training frameworks on security sector governance and reform for your organization, please do not hesitate to write us at