The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces – DCAF – is an international foundation whose mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector. The Centre provides in‐country advisory support and practical assistance programmes, develops and promotes norms and standards, conducts tailored policy research, and identifies good practices and recommendations to promote democratic security sector governance. DCAF’s Gender and Security Programme works through research, policy and technical advice, and regional projects to support the development of security sectors that meet the security needs of men, women, boys and girls, and the full participation of men and women in security sector institutions and security sector reform processes.
The Atlantic Treaty Association and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly have worked alongside each other since their inception in the 1950s. This long-standing relationship is based on shared objectives and complementary composition. Both organizations seek to promote the objectives and values of the North Atlantic Alliance, with the NATO PA being composed exclusively of parliamentarians while the Atlantic Treaty Association brings together non-governmental organizations and national voluntary bodies. The two organizations have well established mutual participation arrangements and also hold joint events.
Recently, they have further extended their cooperation by organizing ATA outreach activities to coincide with certain Assembly activities. This process has been greatly facilitated by connections between the organizations’ institutional leadership, notably from 2010 to 2012 when Dr Karl A. Lamers held the Presidency of both bodies.
NATO Parliamentary Assembly