About the Trust Fund







 Background and Purpose of the TFNA

Why?

In 2011, North Africa witnessed important political changes. In their search for a new future, societies in North Africa have identified security sector reform as necessary for ensuring democratic transition, restoring public confidence in the state and its institutions, and preventing violence.

In response to this heightened interest in and demand for expertise in security sector governance and reform, the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) offered its services to the new governments of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and continued its activities in Morocco. DCAF’s services involve international comparative expertise and tailored practical assistance, including assistance in reviewing and auditing the security sector, managing change through legislative development, policy development, institutional development of state institutions, capacity building, and working with informal oversight institutions (human rights organisations, media etc.). DCAF and its member states remain committed to offering their assistance in support of security sector reform to all countries in North Africa engaged on a path of democratic transition. 

In June 2012, the DCAF Foundation Council endorsed the establishment of a DCAF Trust Fund for Security Sector Development Assistance in North Africa, so as to further strengthen DCAF’s response capacity in North Africa.

What?

The DCAF Trust Fund for Security Sector Development Assistance in North Africa, in short DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA), represents both a steering instrument and a pool-funding mechanism: in the Steering Committee, member states participating in the Trust Fund provide orientation and direction to DCAF’s assistance programme in North Africa. As a pool-funding mechanism, the Trust Fund seeks to streamline reporting and strengthen international coordination on security and justice sector reform in the region.

Where?

The DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA) has been established to fund DCAF’s assistance programmes promoting security sector governance development goals, within a context of democratic transition in various countries in North Africa. Currently, the DCAF TFNA has five "programme windows":

  • North Africa – Regional Programme
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Who?

The DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA) may accept contributions from Governments, Intergovernmental Entities, Non-Governmental Organisations, Private Foundations and Private Sector Organisations.

How?

Contributing donors can opt to contribute to either the North Africa window covering all four countries, to one or several of the four listed country windows, or to both the regional and the country windows. Beyond these options, however, the Fund does not accept any other form of earmarking.

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Welcome to the DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa website

Since 2011, many countries in the Middle East and North Africa have lived through extraordinary and turbulent political changes.

In their search for a better future, countries in North Africa have identified security sector reform as a key to ensure democratic transition, to restore public confidence in the state and its institutions, and to prevent violence.

To respond to these changes, the member states of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in 2012 created the Trust Fund for North Africa.

The Trust Fund’s purpose is to rapidly and flexibly respond to requests for assistance from the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Morocco.

To name a few examples, the Trust Fund assists with comprehensive programmes and projects to improve parliamentary oversight, strengthen citizens access to information, put in place accountability mechanisms and generally to build trust between citizens and authorities.