Democratic Security Sector Governance

Defence institutions currently face a wide array of challenges in order to sustain multiple capabilities. Many nations have re-discovered the need for conventional warfare capacities to be sustained while developing other peacekeeping and counter-insurgency-focused roles. Defence also needs to be able to supply support to the civil power in emergencies including natural disasters.

Preparedness to perform all these roles remains a resource intensive process. The procurement of goods and services in order to meet targets established by government policy must be transparent. Defence sector personnel must also be accountable for their actions.

The military units comprising the whole defence sector need to have clearly segmented roles and responsibilities with a minimum of duplication. All military personnel also need to be accountable before the law, as well.


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Mark Pyman, Anne-Christine Wegener, Building Integrity and Reducing Corruption in Defence and Security: 20 Practical Reforms, (Transparency International DSP: 2011).

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Legal Framing of Parliamentary Oversight of Defence Industrial Complex (Conference Proceedings)

This publication presents proceedings and recommendations from the conference jointly held by DCAF, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) Institute for Legislation of Ukraine and the CACDS. The Conference focused on the legal framing of parliamentary oversig … read more

Conference Proceedings 6: Defence Production, Sales and Acquisitions

This publication offers the proceedings of Conference 6 on Security Sector Governance in Ukraine. The  conference focused on defence production, sales and acquisitions. The objective of the event was to identify current reform priorities and challenges … read more

Key Issues and Policy Recommendations, Conference 6

This publication offers the Key Issues and Policy Recommendations based on the results of the Sixth International Conference “Security Sector Governance: Defence Production, Sales and Acquisitions”. Conference Six provided a platform to discuss state p … read more

Research Project on Reserve System Practices

У цьому виданні пропонується Дослідження 1, виконане Женевським центром демокра- тичного контролю над збройними силами, яке зосереджується на розгляді сучасних варіан- тів обґрунтуваннями доцільності призову. Хоча кожен з них повинен розглядатися окрем … read more

8th Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces

Jointly hosted by the Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands’ Armed Forces, the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), the 8th ICOAF took place in Amsterdam on 2-5 October 2016. The 8th IC … read more

Teaching Gender in the Military: A Handbook

The Handbook was created in response to a call to integrate gender in military education and training articulated in the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; the NATO frameworks to implement these resolutions; and national poli … read more

Guides to Good Governance: Professionalism and Integrity in the Public Service

“Guides to Good Governance” is a series of small booklets each of which discusses a particular topic of importance to good governance in the defence sector. The main reason for promoting integrity in a systematic way is to reduce the risk of corruption … read more

Integrity Action Plan: A Handbook for Practitioners in Defence Establishments

This handbook on Integrity Action Plans aims to help practitioners in defence establishments produce real and lasting change. The handbook outlines how practitioners ought to assess corruption risks and address identified weaknesses and shortcomings. F … read more

Integrating a Gender Perspective into Internal Oversight within Armed Forces

This guidance note is an essential resource for those working at the strategic or management level in the armed forces; gender units, as gender advisers and gender focal points; as equal opportunities officers and others responsible for human resources … read more

Core Values of Norway’s Defence Sector

The Norwegian defence sector promotes certain general values of openness, broadmindedness, respect, responsibility, and courage. The sector encompasses the Ministry of Defence and four administratively subordinate agencies: the Norwegian Armed Forces, … read more

Parliamentary Brief on Building Integrity in Defence

This Parliamentary Brief provides practitioners with a concise introduction in to the main concepts, strategies, and good practices in building integrity and dealing with corruption risks in the defence establishment.

Due Diligence and Corruption Risk in Defence Industry Offset Programmes

This report reviews the corruption risk associated with defence offset programmes, a large but opaque part of the defence industrial landscape. The review enquires into the depth and quality of current, due-diligence practices in offset programmes by d … read more

Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces: A Handbook

This handbook examines Ombuds institutions for the armed forces and their role in the promotion and protection of human rights as well as in the prevention of maladministration. Developed in cooperation with the International Conference of Ombuds Insti … read more

Challenges Facing Arms Export Control in Ukraine and the Russian Federation

This study analyses a number of highly topical issues on how to improve national arms export control systems; what measures and structural reforms are needed to strengthen international controls over the export of sensitive products globally.

Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and Justice Sector

This self-assessment guide is a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of a security sector institution. A gender-responsive security sector institution is one that both meets the distinct security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls … read more

Ethical Guidelines for Contact with Business and Industry in the Defence Sector

“Ethical Guidelines for Contact with Business and Industry in the Defence Sector” was first issued by the Ministry of Defence in April 2007. This revised edition of these guidelines aims to clarify and simplify the rules that apply. The revision is par … read more

Defence Institution Building Self-Assessment Kit: A Diagnostic Tool for Nations Building Defence Institutions

The Defence Institution Building Self-Assessment Kit is an instrument developed within the framework of the NATO initiative called Partnership Action Plan on Defence Institution Building (PAP-DIB). It is aimed at the nations identified by the PAB-DIB d … read more

Security Sector Reform in Ukraine: Quo Vadis?

This publication assesses the current status and future reform plans of some of Ukraine’s key security sector components in light of changing threats and challenges in the international arena.

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