Strengthening Private Security Regulation in Latin America and the Caribbean


Private Security Research Collaboration Southeast Europe

Private Security Governance Observatory


Other DCAF local support and implementation activities include:

Entreprises de Sécurité Privées en Afrique de L’Ouest: un État des Lieux

The project seeks to map and analyse the private security industry in West Africa. Three country studies in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal are complemented by a regional overview. The purpose of the project is to understand the significance of security privatisation in West Africa, to identify gaps in existing legal and regulatory frameworks, and to propose concrete recommendations based on good practices. The project is supported by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.



Events and knowledge sharing

The exchange of good practices can build mutual understanding and support lessons learned. DCAF facilitates this exchange of knowledge through the organisation of topical events and the development of knowledge tools.


Facilitating CSO engagement on private security regulation

DCAF supports the engagement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers’ Association (ICoCA), by facilitating the participation of relevant experts and organisations.


DCAF organises and participates in events to share knowledge and increase engagement on this topic. Examples include the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre (RACVIAC) and regional events on the topic of CSOs participation in the ICoCA in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Law Commentaries

As a support to parliamentarians and lawmakers, DCAF provides commentaries to draft laws relating to private security companies or services. 

Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for Small Arms Control in the Private Security Industry

DCAF and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) have developed a partnership to promote good governance in the armed private security sector in Latin America/Caribbean, in particular through more effective control of small arms and light weapons (SALW). The project supports implementation of international instruments, standards and technical assistance frameworks. It combines raising awareness on context-specific challenges, the development of tailored tools and targeted capacity building and advisory support to national stakeholders. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.