Activities in North Africa

Tunisia
Tunisia

In the first weeks following the Tunisian Revolution, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) offered its expertise to the transitional government. Since February 2011, DCAF has been reinforcing its cooperation with the Tunisian government through concluding agreements and developing assistance programmes with several ministries (Interior, Justice and Defence). In July 2011, Tunisia joined the DCAF Foundation Council and became its 60th member state. In order to facilitate the implementation of its cooperation programme, DCAF opened an office in Tunis in October 2011. This office has been part of the Trust Fund programme since June 2012.

The objective of the TFNA’s programme in Tunisia is to assist the authorities in establishing good governance of armed forces, police and security forces which are to:

  • Operate under clear policy and legal frameworks;
  • Deliver efficient services in a transparent manner, in line with the security needs of citizens;
  • Adhere to the principles of rule of law and accountability;
  • Are properly managed and overseen by the executive, legislative and judicial authorities;
  • Are subject to informal oversight by the media and civil society.

 

 

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Libya
Libya

DCAF has been active in Libya since 2012. As a neutral and independent actor, DCAF aims to assist Libyans in enhancing good security sector governance, as Libya will only be able to sustainably tackle the challenges it faces if the security sector acts within a strategic framework and under democratic, national ownership. DCAF also promotes effectiveness, efficiency and transparency within the security and justice institutions. To this effect, DCAF has established an office in Tripoli, and is working with a number of local stakeholders. By making a contribution to improving good governance in the area of security, DCAF supports Libya’s democratic transition and helps to advance peace and stability in the region.

In April 2014, DCAF launched the Libyan Security Sector Legal Database, providing up-to-date access to current, revoked and draft legislation governing the security sector.

In August 2014, DCAF launched an online observatory – Marsad Libya – to monitor security sector developments in Libya: www.marsad.ly

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Morocco
Morocco

DCAF launched its activities in Morocco in 2008 on the basis of the recommendations of the Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission (Instance équité et réconciliation). The “third way” Morocco has engaged in since 2011 has opened additional venues to discuss reform and good governance of the security sector with the Moroccan Government, Parliament and civil society.

At the request of Parliament and civil society, DCAF has organised a number of events and provided comparative expertise on good security sector governance. It also organised a conference on national security policies in North-West Africa in Rabat in 2010.

Download the fact sheet on the security sector reform strategy in the recommendations of the Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission here.

Egypt
Egypt

Events in Egypt over the past few years have showed that the civil-military relations are a key determining factor in the consolidation of Egypt’s democratic transition. Egypt's prospects for economic recovery and social stability would be bleak if relationships between its civilian and military institutions were not redefined and rendered consistent with existing international standards. DCAF aims to contribute to an open, informed and constructive debate on good security sector governance in general and civil-military relations in particular. To this end, DCAF is currently focusing on making information available and providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and debate among key stakeholders and the general public.

On 2-5 March 2014, DCAF organised a conference in Montreux, Switzerland on security sector governance and civil-military relations in Egypt. Download the press release here.

In June 2014, DCAF launched an online observatory – Marsad – to monitor security sector developments in Egypt: www.marsad.eg and www.marsad-egypt.info 

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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.