Democratic Security Sector Governance


Following the first conference held in Kyiv on the 21st and 22nd of January 2016, the second multi-stakeholder conference examined current Ukraine’s security sector governance challenges by highlighting the role of democratic institutions and international best practices. The event took place on the 16th and 17th of March 2016 and set the agenda for subsequent conferences throughout 2016 and into 2017 that will address specific thematic democratic security governance issues covered in this conference. The conference is part of a Kingdom of the Netherlands’-funded project, implemented by DCAF and the Razumkov Centre, which aims to facilitate public awareness and wider public communication on democratic oversight of the security sector in Ukraine.

During the event, four working group discussion addressed the specific ways in which each institution or group can better interact with others to ensure the development and implementation of transparent and accountable security policies and practice. Each group discussed specific means to ensure democratic oversight of the security sector in the longer term. The groups were organised around the following topics:

  • The Role of Parliament and Ombuds Institution in Security Sector Governance
  • Defence, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Institutions and Security Governance
  • Civil Society and Media and Security Sector Governance
  • Gender and Human Rights and the Security Sector Governance

As a result, recommendations were addressed to local, national and international actors in order to better match the identified needs at the local level with national and international expertise.


Monitoring Ukraine’s Security Governance Challenges. Proceedings from the Second International Conference “Security Sector Governance: The Role of Democratic Institutions & International Best Practices” 16-17 March 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine. DCAF, Razumkov (2017)

Presentation GenderGender and SSR March 16 2016

Introduction to Gender and Human Rights in the context of Security Sector Governance.

Monitoring Ukraine’s Security Governance Challenges: Security Sector Governance: The Role of Democratic Institutions &International Best Practices Conference II: 16-17 March 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine

Ms. Claudia Miccichè


Presentation PoliceLaw Enforcement Good Practices

Law Enforcement International Good Practices in Use of Force and Firearms

Security Sector Governance: The Role of Democratic Institutions and International Best Practices Conference II, 16-17 March 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine

Nazli Yildirim Schierkolk



Presentation Civil Society Civil Society and SSG

The Governance Role of Civil Society and Media

Monitoring Ukraine’s Security Governance Challenges: Security Sector Governance: The Role of Democratic Institutions &International Best Practices. Conference II: 16-17 March 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine

Karina Priajina Khudaverdyan.



Claudia Miccichè

Claudia Miccichè is responsible for coordinating design and implementation of programmes in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Prior to joining DCAF, Claudia worked within the United Nations system, including UNDP, WFP and UN-Women.  Claudia also worked as a UNDP Project Manager in Morocco by providing technical assistance on governance and local development to the Ministry of Interior and local institutions, including identifying national needs and linking them with NGO and donor network to ensure adequate responses.  Claudia also worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as project manager in Morocco by overseeing the implementation of several projects. As a Communication Officer at UNDP in Geneva, Claudia was also responsible for developing and implementing cooperative communication, managing and coordinating social media and advocacy plans, overseeing maintenance of the programme’s web platform, and managing contacts with the media and engaging in stakeholder outreach. Claudia’s has also worked in Belgium, France, Egypt, Spain and Tunisia during her career.  Claudia’s academic background includes two Masters Degrees, one in International Development and the second in Women, Gender and Development from the European Commission Tempus-Meda programme.  She has a Bachelor in Political Science: International Relations. Claudia is a native Italian speaker and also speaks English, French, Spanish and has some proficiency in Arabic.

Dr. Philipp Fluri

Dr. Philipp Fluri is Deputy Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and Executive Director of DCAF Brussels.

Dr. Fluri joined the Swiss Department of Defence in 1991 as an international security expert and held positions within the General Staff and the Secretariat General for Defence Policy. He served as a Democratisation and Human Rights expert on the OSCE AG to Chechnya in 1995/6 and as the Acting Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on the Karabakh issue in 1996. In 1998 he was promoted Coordinator for Civil-Military Relations at the Secretariat General for Defence and Security Policy.

Dr. Fluri studied philosophy and social sciences and holds doctoral degrees from the Universities of Bern (1987) and Fribourg (1990). He is a graduate of the East European Studies Institute at Fribourg University and the International Training Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has performed extensive post-doctoral research in South East Asia and the US (1987-1991). He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs/Hungary, and is an Honorary Professor of Taras Shevchenko Pedagogical University/Ukraine.

 Simon Lunn

Simon Lunn was Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 1997 until Dec. 2007, following eight years as the Deputy Secretary General. During this time, he initiated and directed the Assembly’s outreach program for the parliaments of Central and Eastern Europe.

From 1983 to 1988 he was Head of the Plans and Policy Section on NATO’s International staff, involved in all aspects of defence planning and in the preparations for the CFE negotiations. From 1982-1983 he was as an advisor in the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament; from 1981-82 a Research Fellow at the RIIA (Chatham House) and in 1979-81 an analyst at the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, Washington DC. He prepared numerous reports for Congress, including burden sharing in NATO and INF modernisation and arms control. From 1973-1978 he was Director of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Assembly.

He has a B.A (Hons.) in History from the University of Wales and an M.A. in War Studies from Kings College, University of London, where he also did research from 1971-1973. From 1960-1962 he was an officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then a subaltern in the Royal Artillery from 1962-1965.

He is a member of IISS, RIIA and RUSI and an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

He has written widely on NATO, nuclear and arms control issues, civil military relations and the role of parliaments in defence and security.



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