Since the election of President Barrow in late-2016, the administration has initiated a series of comprehensive reforms and processes covering transitional justice, constitutional reform, national development, and security sector reform (SSR). Aligned with this agenda, DCAF has been an important actor in the SSR process in the Gambia since its inception in 2017.
Since 2021, our efforts focus on the implementation of reforms of key security institutions, and specifically the Gambian Police Force (GPF) and the Gambian Immigration Department (GID), through a joined EU and Swiss funded programme aimed at improving the effectiveness, management, and accountability of these two institutions.
Ensuring that security institutions’ operations and performance are guided by clear and consistent visions and policies, while strengthening their leadership and management is essential to greater effectiveness and efficiency of security institutions. To this end, DCAF has:
With a view to reinforcing internal oversight structures and normative frameworks of security institutions, while improving the capacity of external oversight actors to hold to account security institutions in their performance and conduct, DCAF has:
Legal reform processes represent an integral and essential part of SSR processes. A robust and efficient legal framework is critical for a democratic and efficient security sector and institutions should be regulated by and operated according to clear, up to date legal and policy frameworks that comply with international and regional standards and norms. To this end, DCAF has;
DCAF’s efforts are constantly guided by the need to uphold human rights and gender equality within security institutions at the policy and operational level and promote dialogue between communities and the security sector on human rights and gender. To realize this, DCAF has:
Anne Bennett, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sophie Frediani, Principal Programme Manager (email@example.com)
Ken Isaac, Head of Office, DCAF in Banjul (firstname.lastname@example.org)