The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an international foundation established in October 2000 under Swiss law and on the initiative of the Swiss government.


DCAF is one of the world’s leading centres in the area of security sector reform (SSR) and security sector governance (SSG). By supporting effective, efficient security sectors that are accountable to the state and its citizens DCAF endeavours to strengthen security and justice to help prevent violent conflict, build sustainable peace, reinforce the rule of law, and establish a conducive environment for political, social, and economic development.


DCAF is firmly committed to a policy of strict neutrality, impartiality, discreetness, gender sensitivity, and local ownership.


The Centre’s Foundation Council, which consists of member states, includes 61 governments, as well as four governments and two international organisations that have permanent observer status.


DCAF is based in Geneva with permanent offices in Beirut, Brussels, Ljubljana, Ramallah, Tripoli, and Tunis. The Centre has five operational divisions (Southeast Europe, Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa & Gender and SSR, Public- Private Partnerships, and the International Security Sector Advisory Team – ISSAT), as well as a research division. DCAF employs over 130 staff from almost 40 countries.


In 2012, DCAF’s revenue reached 32.3 million Swiss francs – of which Switzerland financed 47.9 per cent and other member states and international organisations 52.1 per cent. All contributions to DCAF are Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible.


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