PolenThe Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Polish Institute of Diplomacy and the Anti-corruption Procedures Bureau of the Polish Ministry of Defence organised a NATO Building Integrity workshop in Warsaw on 15-17 April on Improvement of the Self-Assessment Process and Development of Advanced Tools. Norway’s participation consisted of Morten Ringheim from the Norwegian MoD and Bård B. Knudsen from CIDS.
So far 16 countries – Allies as well as PfP member states – have made use of NATO’s Anti-Corruption Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), including the follow-up Peer Review. The workshop discussed how this tool may be refined as a first step diagnostic tool for MoDs that want to become actively engaged in integrity building. The conclusions from the workshop will provide the basis for NATO’s follow-up work on a new version of the questionnaire.
Norway supports a revised and slightly modifies SAQ. However, the revised SAQ should remain simple to use in order to make the initial step to become actively involved in BI as uncomplicated as possible. However, there is a need for common assessment guidelines for the Peer Review and measures to ensure the necessary level of BI expertise within the Peer Review team. Furthermore, there is a need for a new BI tool in order to implement the recommendations of the Peer Review. This is where CIDS’ work on a generic Integrity Action Plan will bring added value. How to design and implement an integrity plan was the topic for CIDS’ conference in Oslo on 3-6 March of this year.