The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an international foundation whose mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector. The Centre provides in‐country advisory support and practical assistance programmes, develops and promotes norms and standards, conducts tailored policy research, and identifies good practices and recommendations to promote democratic security sector governance.


DCAF was established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss government. DCAF is guided by the principles of:

  • neutrality

  • impartiality

  • gender sensitivity

  • local ownership


DCAF's work is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace. 



Around the world, the corporate sector strongly influences prospects for peace, security and socio-economic development. The role of business can be particularly influential in contexts of state fragility where national governance is weak. However, interactions between the security sector reform (SSR) and business communities remain limited and ad hoc in nature. This undermines our collective ability to develop coherent and effective approaches to addressing insecurity, under-development and threats to human rights.


DCAF is one of the world’s leading institutions in the area of security sector reform and security sector governance. DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Division provides an in-house focus to the organisation’s efforts to create synergies between public and private actors with a role in security sector reform and governance. The Public-Private Partnerships Hub is an initiative of DCAF’s Public-Private Partnerships Division.



DCAF, through the PPPs Division, addresses contemporary security governance challenges by fostering inclusive partnerships between states, businesses and civil society. The PPPs Division plays a leading role in improving oversight and accountability of the private security industry and works with companies, in particular the global extractives industry, to promote SSR-related good practices. The PPPs Division also supports multi-stakeholder approaches to new and evolving challenges, such as cyber security, where greater cooperation between public and private actors is needed.


The PPPs Division is guided by DCAF’s core principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender sensitivity and local ownership. The Division promotes constructive engagement and shared learning across all actors with a role in security provision, management and oversight. Making lessons learned, good practices and tools publicly available is a key element of our approach.