This Glossary explains the key elements required to classify corruption as a criminal act, according to three major international conventions: the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions; … read more
These Practice Notes are an integral part of the Security Sector Reform and Gender Toolkit, see here. For individual Notes see here.
This Handbook provides structured guidance for civil society organisations (CSOs) on the role they can play in democratic security sector oversight. Although many CSOs have facilitated security sector reform processes in transition and post-conflict st … read more
This Guidebook is designed to assist OSCE staff dealing with police and law enforcement issues as well as police practitioners and policy-makers working to develop and strengthen democratic policing. The Guidebook is intended to serve as a reference to … read more
This publication addresses the problem of providing policy and budget oversight of Ukrainian intelligence organizations in accordance with norms and practices developed in contemporary Western democracies. As Ukraine continues the process of democratic … read more
The focus of the 2007 report is democratic oversight of security agencies, meaning oversight of the agency, or agencies, performing the function of internal security.
This Code of Good Practices illustrates the degree of transparency to which governments and their fiscal institutions ought to achieve. The code explains the clarity of roles and responsibilities, open-budget processes, public availability of informati … read more
This book focuses on the role of Ombuds institutions in monitoring and investigating the security sector. It argues that independent ombudsman institutions can play an important role in strengthening democratic oversight and furthering human and public … read more
Defence Institution Building Sourcebook in Support of the Partnership Action Plan on DIB: What Kind of Defence Do We Need?
This book aims to be a sourcebook on ‘defence institution building’, drawing on established practices in Western Europe, but also on recent experiences from among new NATO members. All contributions focus on ongoing defence reform. The chapters in this … read more
The United Nations Convention against Corruption was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 58/4 of 31 October 2003. The objective of the present practical legislative guide is to assist States seeking to ratify and implement the Convention … read more
This Resource Book builds on the assumption that an approach by human rights organizations that acknowledges the concerns and realities of the police and understands police language, will be more effective than an approach that sets itself apart and cr … read more
This document is part of the DCAF Backgrounder series, which provides practitioners with concise introductions to a variety of issues in the field of security sector governance and reform. This particular Backgrounder deals with Defence Procurement and … read more
The Compendium of International Legal Instruments on Corruption compiles for reference all the major relevant global and regional international treaties, agreements, resolutions and other instruments. These include legally binding obligations, as well … read more
This paper consists of two parts. The first deals with parliamentary control and practice in general and moves on to the changing European security environment. The second part of the paper analyses the major international organisations dealing with Eu … read more
Making Intelligence Accountable: Legal Standards and Best Practice for Oversight of Intelligence Agencies
This publication classifies and evaluates the legal standards that currently exist regarding the democratic accountability of intelligence services. The publication also identifies and recommends best practices applicable to both transition countries a … read more
The United Nations Anti-Corruption Toolkit contains a detailed set of specific Tools intended for use by officials called upon to elaborate elements of a national anti-corruption strategy and to assemble these into an overall strategic framework, as we … read more
Materials from the International Conference held in Kiev
The United Nations Guide on Anti-Corruption Policies, which contains a general outline of the nature and scope of the problem of corruption and a description of the major elements of anti-corruption policies, is suitable for use by political officials … read more