Niger is a member of DCAF’s Foundation Council, in which DCAF has been engaged since 2014, implementing a large-scale national program that currently includes projects funded by Germany and the United Kingdom, aiming at strengthening the accountability of the security sector in Niger contributing to a more responsive provision of security to the needs of the population and the state.
Since 2019, DCAF is also implementing a regional program Enhancing Security Sector Governance (SSG) in the Sahel, funded by Denmark and Norway, with cross-cutting activities in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali.
Strengthening political, strategic and legal frameworks is critical to enhance oversight because it provides the foundation for effective and accountable governance. This includes clear policies, procedures, and laws that define the roles and responsibilities of government institutions, and provide a framework for decision-making, planning, and implementation. Strong frameworks can also help to establish a culture of transparency and accountability and to provide mechanisms for citizens to hold government accountable.
DCAF partners with its national partners in Niger on the following activities:
DCAF aims to contribute to increased public trust in the security sector through enhanced oversight by civilian institutions, civil society organizations and the media. When security institutions are subject to external oversight, they are held accountable for their actions and decision-making processes, which promotes responsible and professional behavior, and helps to prevent abuses of power and human rights violations. External oversight also contributes to promote public engagement, helping to build a more informed democratic participation.
The activities DCAF implements in this regard include:
We aim for improved accountability, effectiveness, and professionalism of security providers through accompanying security sector institutions towards greater compliance with internal procedures, codes of conduct, and human rights principles. When each member of security institutions can be held accountable for their actions, it promotes responsible behavior and prevents abuse of power and human rights violations. Effective internal control mechanisms contribute to greater compliance with the rule of law and respect for human rights. Improving financial management and human resource management is also critical to building a more sustainable and effective security sector in the medium to long term.
DCAF aims to support security institutions in developing and improving management processes to enhance efficiency and sustainability and to ensure spending is channeled to key needs.
DCAF supports its national partners in Niger through the following:
DCAF supports the Western Balkan economies in their effort to enhance cyber hygiene, both of public sector staff, and of the general public, as well as in their outreach and communication activities. Safe online practices are crucial for cyber resilience. The project supports public institutions in establishing strategic plans on increasing cyber hygiene, and promotes the understanding of cybersecurity risks and threats, encouraging safe and responsible online behaviour.
In order to generate awareness in cybersecurity in the general public and small businesses, DCAF supports cybersecurity actors in the Western Balkans to organise cybersecurity awareness raising campaigns targeted at wider social groups and individuals, with the aim of influencing cybersecurity behavioural change. We support efforts of cybersecurity institutions in the Western Balkans to better communicate the importance of cyber protection, especially focusing on the issues of personal data protection, securing business continuity, rising awareness of cyber threats such as online scams and frauds.
Together with Western Balkan national CERTs, we have developed innovative awareness raising campaign strategies and materials for multimedia and digital tools.
Watch all the animated short clips of the campaign on our YouTube channel
Watch all the videos of the campaign on our YouTube channel
Download and print the posters to raise awareness about cybersecurity around you
Examples of recent activities
The project contributes to more informed cybersecurity policy discussions, both at the regional and national levels, by encouraging parliamentary staff and civil society organisations to play a more effective role in cybersecurity sector oversight and research.
Examples of recent activities
DCAF supports civil society and young leaders in their efforts to play a more active role in cybersecurity.
To contribute to informed regional cybersecurity policy discussions, the project has supported the establishment of a Western Balkans Cybersecurity Research Network, composed of civil society researchers from the region. The network research aspects covering cybersecurity and human rights, cybersecurity needs of vulnerable groups, gender and cybersecurity, in their respective national contexts. This effort produces more comparative research and information on the progress in cybersecurity governance in the region, and supports Western Balkans civil society to engage more in cybersecurity issues and to develop, research, and draft recommendations that promote an approach to cybersecurity taking into account the security needs of all, for governments to integrate a more human-centric approach in their legal and policy frameworks.
Through our ‘Young Faces’ programme, we work on promoting cybersecurity policy research and knowledge sharing among young professionals across the Central and Eastern Europe region, aiming to involve young leaders to explore and engage in cybersecurity network and expertise. The programme champions the development of young professionals from the region, from the public and private sector, at the start of their careers to raise their awareness on important cybersecurity governance challenges. Over the course of 6 months and through a winter and summer schools, the participants can familiarise themselves with the topics, learn from international experts, share experiences with their peers, and play an active role in research of cybersecurity by producing policy papers under the mentorship of experts.
Spotlight: papers from DCAF’s Young Faces 2022
Promising cybersecurity ideas from emerging Western Balkans civil society leaders
DCAF’s Young Faces 2022 brought together 30 young scholars and leaders for enriching seminars on cybersecurity, in the context of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) supported-project, ‘Good Governance in Cybersecurity in the Western Balkans’. 14 out of this group wrote policy papers. These covered a range of issues of increasing importance in the six Western Balkans economies of the project: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
DCAF spotlights three among all of the thoughtfully written papers:
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect DCAF positions.
Examples of recent activities
DCAF promotes cybersecurity capacity building in the Western Balkans to improve cyber-readiness of the societies through the strategic training of cybersecurity experts and the development of educational program in cybersecurity. The programme supports the inclusion of cybersecurity capacity building in national cybersecurity strategies, and the further development of cybersecurity education at all levels.
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