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Résumé of the United Kingdom Building Integrity Activities 2017 / 2018

The year of 2017 proved to be a fruitful year for the United Kingdom Building Integrity Program.  Activities are funded by the United Kingdom Conflict Stability and Security Fund and sorts organizationally under the United Kingdom Defence Academy.

Presented with a mix core team of civilian and military personnel, the UK BI Program delivers a range of activities, supporting good governance and building integrity activities within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. To read more about the United Kingdom Building Integrity program please follow this link: 20180411_Building Integrity UK Programme _Annual Report 2017-18_V2

CIDS Annual Report 2017 and Annual Plan 2018

Do you want to learn more about CIDS  activities? Follow the links below to find out more!

CIDS Annual Report 2017_ENG

CIDS Annual Plan 2018_Eng

The 5th Guide to Good Governance is now available in Georgian

The 5th Guide to Good Governance, «Managing the Risks of Real-Estate Corruption and Fraud in the Defence Sector», has been translated into Georgian language with the assistance of the NATO Building Integrity Programme, NATO’s Good Governance Capacity Building Programme. The fifth guide to good governance already exist in English and Ukrainian and will soon be made available in Arabic, French and Russian. Among actors that will enjoy the new booklet is the Defence Institution Building School of Georgia in Tbilisi and Georgian Authorities, notably the Georgian Ministry of Defence. Copies of the guide will be made available at the NATO Liaison Office for the Caucasus in Georgia.
See the Georgian version in PDF format: NATO – 8555-DSS-GGG-5_GEO (002)
See NATO Building Integrity website:

How do NATO strengthen it’s work on Building Integrity?

Imbedding and mainstreaming the NATO Building Integrity (BI) discipline into Nato School of Oberammergau (NSO) training courses was the main objective for the workshop that NATO International Staff organized in consortium with CIDS and representatives from the NSO on the 6th of March.

During the workshop participants shared their views on how BI could be implemented in the NSO course-portfolio – contributing to the goals of the NATO BI Policy and Action Plan.

Today NSO offers an annual “Defence Leadership in Building Integrity Course”. The group discussed how knowledge from this course may be institutionalized. How to make the best out of available teaching techniques. As well as how to take greater advantage of advanced distributed, e-learning.

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

Read more about our CIDS projects at:

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.