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Should international organizations be involved in reforming the security sectors of post-conflict countries?

Key SSR activities in Palestine are
a) Armed forces reform
b) Police reform
c) Ministry of interior reform
d) Justice sector and development program
Key challenges
a) Regional instability
b) Lack of balance between operational effectiveness and oversight and governance c) Insufficient investment in Justice reform
d) The existence of non- state armed groups
e) The absence of a functional parliament or judiciary

1) DCAF
DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the 'Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces'. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance (SSG) through security sector reform (SSR). DCAF has been present in the Palestinian Territories since 2005. It assists Palestinians in developing effective, and efficient, security and justice providers, which: * deliver security to the Palestinian people in a transparent manner, and in line with their security needs, * are properly overseen, and controlled, by both the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Palestinian National Authority, * are fully accountable to the Palestinian people and their elected leaders. To this effect, DCAF works with five target groups:

* Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)
* Executive authorities
* Judiciary
* Civil society
* Police and security forces
In support of its long-term assistance program to Palestinian security sector reform (SSR), DCAF maintains an office in Ramallah. DCAF provides its partners with comparative and policy advice, and research, promotes inclusive approaches and processes to Palestinian SSR, and conducts various capacity building programs.

DCAF works with the UN, EU, ECOWAS, NATO and the NATO parliamentary Assembly, African Union

2) European Union, EU, and the police...
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