Ukraine

Democratic Security Sector Governance

This section outlines basic tasks and responsibilities of agencies constituting the security sector with reference to the Ukrainian security sector as it is currently constituted.

In order for the democratic governance of the security sector to be effective it is crucial to ensure that the management and internal governance mechanisms of all security sector agencies:

  • are consistent with the values and laws of the society which they serve by providing public security
  • uphold international human rights principles and standards
  • are sufficient to guarantee the delivery of public security
  • are staffed by civilian professionals

Effective internal governance involves the use of complementary horizontal and vertical governance structures. The level of transparency of such internal management arrangements will also affect the legitimacy of the security institutions. Security institutions that are responsive to public needs tend to be transparent; those which are indifferent to public needs tend to be opaque. This section outlines key institutional governance issues.

Women in the Ukrainian Security Sector: Legislation and Current Practices

This preliminary study performed by the Institute of Gender Programs and the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), with financial support from DCAF, presents an analysis of the basic legislation regulating military service of wom … read more

Conference 1: Ukraine’s Security Governance – Challenges, Status and Needs

On the 21 and 22 of January 2016, a Conference on Ukraine’s Security Governance challenges, status and needs was held in Kyiv in cooperation with the Razumkov Centre. This was the first conference out of the series of four that will be held in Ukraine … read more

Conference on Monitoring Ukraine’s Security Govenance-Challenges Status And Needs

On the 21 and 22 of January 2016, a Conference on Ukraine’s Security Governance challenges, status and needs was held in Kiev, Ukraine in cooperation with the Razumkov Centre. This was the first conference out of the series of four that will be held in … read more

Financial Oversight of the Security Sector a Toolkit for Trainers

This Toolkit is designed for financial oversight practitioners who wish to gain access to best international practices in financial oversight of the security sector, improve their professional ability to financially oversee security sector institutions … read more

Training Manual on Police Integrity

The Training Manual on Police Integrity aims to assist ministries of interior, police services and training institutions in developing their capacities to deliver integrity training to their staff. The Training Manual also provides guidance on how to b … read more

Gender and Complaints Mechanisms: A Handbook for Armed Forces and Ombuds Institutions

This handbook brings together knowledge and experience as regards prevention of misconduct, and handling and monitoring of complaints within armed forces, with particular regard to gender. The Handbook is a resource for armed forces, ministries of defe … read more

Building Integrity Course Catalogue

This is the Building Integrity Course Catalogue. The Building Integrity (BI) Programme provides practical tools to help participating countries strengthen integrity, transparency and accountability, and reduce the risk of corruption in the defence and … read more

Guides to Good Governance: Anti-Corruption Policies and Agencies

“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

Guides to Good Governance: Tackling conflicts of interest in the public sector

“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

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

Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services

With the permission of the Council of Europe, DCAF has translated the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights’ May 2015 Issue Paper on ‘Democratic and effective oversight of national security services’ (link to original source here) into severa … read more

Criteria for Good Governance in the Defence Sector: International Standards and Principles

This publication was, originally, developed in order to provide assessment guidelines in the systematic evaluation of the integrity systems of nine countries. The international standards and principles contained in this publication cover a broad spectr … read more

Building Integrity Self-Assessment Questionnaire and Peer Review Process: A Diagnostic Tool for National Defence Establishments

This Building-Integrity handbook contains a questionnaire, guidance on organising the process in-country, a sample note which can be used to brief the Defence Minister or Head of the Armed Forces on how to introduce the peer review process, and an outl … read more

International Standards of Financial Oversight in the Security Sector

This Toolkit provides readers with easy access to internationally-adopted guiding principles, standards, and best practices of financial oversight of security sector institutions. The toolkit allows readers to access key international standards on budg … read more

SSR: Applying the Principles of Good Governance to the Security Sector

This SSR Backgrounder is about security sector reform. SSR is the political and technical process of improving state and human security by applying the principles of good governance to the security sector. SSR means making security provision, oversight … read more

Gender Equality and Security Sector Reform: Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Security Provision, Management and Oversight

This SSR Backgrounder addresses why gender equality is essential to security sector reform (SSR). Gender equality stipulates the equal right of women and men to opportunities and resources irrespective of their gender. Good security sector governance ( … read more

SSR Backgrounder: The Police: Roles and Responsibilities in Good Security Sector Governance

This SSR Backgrounder is about the roles and responsibilities of police in the context of good security sector governance (SSG). Because of their special powers and their proximity to the population, police work directly affects the security of individ … read more

UN Security Council Resolution 2151

Unanimously adopting resolution 2151 (2014), the Council reiterates the centrality of national ownership for security sector reform processes, recognizing the need to consider host-country perspectives in the formulation of peacekeeping and special pol … 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

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