Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism



The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) is a multi-donor trust fund committed to improving security and human rights good practice in a coherent, sustainable and cost effective way. 



The SHRIM builds on the engagement of committed donors combined with DCAF’s unique expertise developing international multi-actor mechanisms to support targeted, cost-effective security, development and human rights programming in fragile contexts. The SHRIM enables multi-stakeholder action based on identified needs and priorities, thus promoting coherence at the international policy and operational levels, consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.  


An important wider objective of the SHRIM is to foster public-private cooperation through promoting partnerships at local, regional and international levels between national authorities, business and civil society. This objective is shared by other actors in the security and human rights field, including the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC). Whilst not formally linked to these initiatives, where objectives overlap, the SHRIM supports projects that contribute to implementation of these multi-stakeholder initiatives.


The SHRIM is strongly committed to promoting local ownership and capacity building. SHRIM activities therefore prioritise partnerships that reinforce local actors and processes in contexts of fragility.




The Governance structure of the SHRIM ensures transparent and cost effective management with minimum of bureaucracy. 


A Steering Committee comprised of the Mechanism’s donors and DCAF  provides strategic oversight to the SHR Mechanism. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sits on the Steering Committee as an Observer. The Steering Committee is responsible for setting the SHR Mechanism’s strategy and priorities; for approving the Mechanism’s annual work plan and budget; for approving project proposals; and for monitoring activities. 


A small unit located within DCAF’s Business and Security Division (‘the Secretariat’) supports the Steering Committee through managing the Mechanism and its projects. 



The SHRIM accepts contributions from Governments, Intergovernmental Entities, Non-Governmental Organisations, Private Foundations, Industry Associations and Individuals. The SHR Mechanism is strongly committed to the principles of aid effectiveness. All contributions provided to the Mechanism are ODA-eligible, as per DCAF’s status with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) /Development Assistance Committee (DAC).


For further information or if you are interested in supporting the SHRIM please contact the SHRIM Manager, Ms. Marlène Wäfler, at