Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

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The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), established in October 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss government [1], is "an international foundation of 45 governments which encourages and supports States and non-State governed institutions to strengthen democratic and civilian control of armed and security forces, and promotes security sector reform" [2] and "contributing to the process of democratisation of defence and security sectors in countries in transition to democracy and societies affected by crisis or war." [3]

DCAF "promotes good governance and reform of the security sector," its website states. "The Centre conducts research on good practices, encourages the development of appropriate norms at the national and international levels, makes policy recommendations and provides in-country advice and assistance programmes.

"DCAF's partners include governments, parliaments, civil society, international organisations and the range of security sector actors such as police, judiciary, intelligence agencies, border security services and the military," its website states.


Foundation Council

International Advisory Board

"The International Advisory Board is composed of over 70 experts from the various fields in which the organization is active." [4]

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces: International Advisory Board


"DCAF’s staff includes some 60 employees representing about 30 different nationalities. The Think Tank carries out in-house research, analysis, and knowledge networking." [5]


"The Swiss government is the largest contributor to DCAF’s budget." [6]

Contact Information

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
P.O.Box 1360
CH-1211 Geneva 1
Telephone +41 (0)22 741 77 00
Fax: +41 (0)22 741 77 05