The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was established by the Swiss government in October 2000. The Centre assists its Member States, partners and the international community at large in their efforts towards good governance and reform of the security sector by way of: - Supporting the development, promotion, harmonisation and implementation of relevant norms, standards, rules and procedures at the international, regional, national and sub-national level; - Systematically collecting, analysing, documenting, networking, debating and disseminating policy-relevant knowledge and expertise in the area of SSG/SSR; - Offering upon request, either independently or together with competent partners, integrated and tailor-made practical assistance programmes on the ground in most areas of SSG and SSR. DCAF consistently promotes the integration of a gender dimension into the SSG/SSR agenda. DCAF is an international foundation with 50 Member States (including the canton of Geneva). Their representatives compose the Foundation Council. The Centre's primary consultative body, the International Advisory Board, is composed of experts from the various fields in which the Centre is active. DCAF's main divisions are Research and Operations which work together to develop and implement DCAF's programmes.