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Review of CIDS Building Integrity Project in the Western Balkans.

The consultancy group “Governance Group” has, on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered it’s review of CIDS Building Integrity Project in the Western Balkans. The project covers Building Integrity activities in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro in the period of 2015 through 2017. The report concludes that: “Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the project thus far is that it has significantly increased the understanding of the concept of integrity among the beneficiary.”

CIDS Director, Per Christensen, says: “I am most happy with the report and would like to thank all of our local and international experts for their commitment and efforts. Thank you also to the ministries in the different countries involved. Without their commitment the project wouldn’t have been such a great success. I hope that the project will lead to better governance in the ministries involved, i.e. strengthen democratic development. We received sound advice through this report, advice that will be included in a possible follow-up project, states Mr. Christensen.

See the report in it’s full version: Final Report Integrity MFA

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Functional Analysis of the Procurement Sector in the Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In this report the Norwegian Centre for Integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS) presents the findings and recommendations of a review of procurement procedures and practices in the Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MoD BiH). The analysis was carried out as part of a technical assistance project, funded by the Norwegian Government and managed by the CIDS in cooperation with the MoD BiH.

The study is part of a common effort promoting integrity and good governance in South East Europe.

See the report in it’s full version at 8607-BosniaH-rapport-eng-SKJERM

Read the report in bosnian at  8607-BosniaH-rapport-bosn-k5

Guides to Good Governance No. 05. Managing the risks of real estate corruption and fraud in the defence sector.

Several definitions of corruption and fraud exist. In this guide, we use the definitions provided in “Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide”. Published by the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Corruption is operationally defined as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain. The defence sector is subject to substantial corruption and fraud risks. Transparency International estimates that at least USD 20 billion is lost to corruption in the sector every year.

This guide recommends ways in which the defence sector management and the internal auditors can fight real estate corruption and fraud. The framework outlined in this guide can be summarised in a process model. The report is available in it’s full version at  8555-DSS-GGG-5-eng-skjerm

Read the report in Ukrainian at 8555-DSS-GGG-5-ukr-skjerm

Save the date

The Building Integrity in Human Resources Management course to be held at DRESMARA 4-8 December 2017.

Sponsored by:

The course provides a broad introduction to the principles and standards of international conventions and other agreements that regulate a modern and efficient HRM system in the public sector, including the Armed Forces.

More information to be found here

CIDS Report on right for information access

The report is particularly useful for understanding the different aspects of the issue of access to information and transparency for the public eye on security sector matters since it identifies the standards existing, the various ways of practising the standards, the way authorities may use the harm and public interest tests for handling own practice, as well discussing the globally recognized Tshwane Principles. Montenegro is used as a case, but the main topic on information access and balanced transparency is relevant for most other cases, and especially so in a representative democracy context.

Download CIDS report No. 1/2017

CIDS report on corruption in Afghanistan

Direktør IFS, Sven Holtsmark med oppsummering

IFS Director Sven Holtsmark with a summary.

The CIDS report on NATO and the fight against corruption in Afghanistan called «Too little, too late» launched at joint IFS/CIDS seminar 15th March 2017.

The author, LtCol Tore Ketil Stårvik, gave a brief presentation of the major findings stressing the challenging context of Afghanistan and the military mission itself.

A panel debate lead by Per A Christensen, the director of CIDS, followed. In addition to the author, the panel consisted of former Norwegian Minister of trade, Foreign Affairs and Defence, Mr. Bjørn Tore Godal, Dr. Karolina MacLachlan from Transparency International Defence and Security Programme, and Marit Elisabeth Brandtzæg from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

There was consensus among the panel that the findings in the report reflected the challenges in Afghanistan and for military engagement in fragile environments, and the findings were recognized as being highly relevant for other sectors as well. The report should be used as a lessons learned on what areas to focus on when engaging in stabilisation and peace support missions in the future, in order to mitigate the risks for conducting the same mistakes again.
Director of the Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies (IFS), Sven Holtsmark, concluded the seminar by emphasising that there seems to be an element of “mission impossible” over engaging militarily in a complex and fragile state hoping for institution building, mission success and quick wins at the same time. By conducting research and learn from previous missions, as the report is an excellent example of, we will hopefully be able to face future challenges better.

Download the report “Too little, too late” here (PDF)

Fra venstre: Per A Christensen, Tore Ketil Stårvik, Bjørn Tore Godal, Karolina Machlachlan og Marit Elisabeth Brandtzæg

From left: Per A Christensen, Tore Ketil Stårvik, Bjørn Tore Godal, Karolina Machlachlan and Marit Elisabeth Brandtzæg.

Forfatteren Tore Ketil Stårvik oppsummerer rapporten.

Author Tore Ketil Stårvik summarises the report.

Seminar on defence and sensitive security procurement in Ukraine


CIDS in Ukraine; Seminar on defence and sensitive security procurement organised in Kyiv 25th April 2017.

At the request of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine and the MoD Reforms Project Office CIDS organised a seminar on the Defence and security Directive 2009/81/EC about defence and sensitive security procurement. The introduction of the main Directive principles was presented by Ms Anela Duman, CIDS public procurement expert. A lively discussion was prompted by the presentation on the experience, lessons learned and good practices of Croatia delivered by Mr Hrvoje Salopek, former Deputy Head of Procurement Implementation Department, Sector for Public procurement, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia. CIDS is very grateful for the Croatian support to the seminar.

According to Ukraine’s Government Strategy of Public Procurement Reform, the Defence Ministry will implement the Directive provisions starting from January 2019. Ukrainian full ownership is paramount for succeeding in the implementation.

Roundtable on Internal Control of Police held in Budva, Montenegro

montenegro-december-2016_1On December 1, 2016 CIDS organised a round-table titled Internal Control of Police – Independency, Strategies and Methods. The event was held in Budva as part of project’s support to the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior.

The roundtable brought together top and mid management professionals of Internal Control Services from Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Hungary as well as experts from international organizations in order to exchange views on normative standards, organizational models, best practices and experience. Ideas about what can strengthen the integrity of Internal Control mechanisms were also exchanged.

Fruitful study visit from Kosovo to Croatian Ministry of Defence

croatia-visitAs part of our project “Strengthening Human Resources Management in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Forces (MKSF)”, CIDS organised a study visit to the Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 9-11 November, 2016. The Kosovo delegation consisted of six members of the MKSF Department of Human Resources, led by Colonel Skender Zhitia. CIDS´s regional expert Mr Florian Qehaja was leading the delegation through their two-day visit to Zagreb.

During the visit, the MKSF delegation learned about Croatian experiences in issues of planning and recruitment of human resources. Drawing on their recent integration process with the EU, the Croatians shared their knowledge and expertise on highly relevant issues. There were lively discussions on recruitment of civilians and the equivalence between military officers and civilians. MKSF delegation also shared their experience in managing with human resources especially by focusing on the carrier progression and promotion.

This is a second CIDS study visit as part of Norwegian bilateral assistance to Kosovo. CIDS would like to thank again our colleagues in the Croatian MoD for their kind hospitality and for sharing their expertise on building integrity with us.



CIDS cooperation with the National Agency of Ukraine on Corruption Prevention (NACP)

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The Letter of Intent on cooperation between two organizations was signed on 18 of October in Kyiv. As the Head of the NACP Nataliya Korchak noticed, the document will give us the possibility to implement the Norwegian experience in preventing corruption and will be a substantial support in ensuring professionalism and integrity in the defence sector.

CIDS intends to assist the Ukrainian side in developing methodologies for identifying risks of corruption as well as other measures that will contribute to reducing risks of corruption in the the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine under the State Program on the implementation of the state anti-corruption policy in Ukraine (the Anti-Corruption Strategy) for 2015 – 2017 and the Law of Ukraine On Prevention of Corruption.

The NACP is a newly created central executive body with a special status. It ensures developing and realization of the state anticorruption policy.