Building integrity in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Force

KosovoIn Kosovo, CIDS is implementing two projects, both aimed at the Ministry of Kosovo Security Forces (MKSF). The projects are based on the findings of the country report.
Strengthening the Integrity Framework in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Forces (MKSF) is a three-year project aiming at strengthening the integrity framework and minimise the corruption risks in the MKSF. The current National Security Strategy of Kosovo highlights corruption as one of the security challenges facing the country, and considers corruption as a serious problem affecting the stability and security of the country. The project is therefore in line with Kosovo’s aspirations for Euro-Atlantic integration, and aims to create a better public integrity framework by reducing legal and institutional risks of corruption in the area of MKSF.
The project will focus on:

  • To provide assistance in the implementation of proposals to minimize corruption risks through improved procedures for a) public procurement, b) the handling of conflicts of interest, and c) corruption-risk management and monitoring.
  • To increase levels of competence among civil servants and raise awareness among representatives of academic institutions and civil society to promote integrity in the security area.
  • To systematize and disseminate security-related experience that may be conducive to pro-integrity reforms in other parts of the public administration in Kosovo.

The main partners in this project are the Anti-Corruption Agency of Kosovo and the NATO Advisory Team.
Support to the System of Human Resources Management (HRM) in the Ministry of Kosovo Security Forces (MKSF)
In most countries, ministries of defence are among the largest ministries in terms of number of staff and are responsible for a large number of employees outside the ministry. Human resources are central to the quality of performance of defence sector organs. For instance, recruitment patterns creating dysfunctional dependency relationships between managers and employees can easily result in the latter losing their professional independence, which may in turn translate into corruptive/unethical behaviour.
The overall objective of  the project is to put increased emphasis on meritocratic professionalism in the Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces. The project will focus on:

  • Levels of competence among the MKSF officials more conducive to professionalism
  • Legal frameworks, procedures and practices more conducive to professionalism

In addition, the project will focus on sharing important lessons learnt with the key public administration institutions in Kosovo in an aim to provide a basis for wider reforms of the state public administration.
The main partners in the HRM project include the Ministry of public administration, the Independent Oversight Body for the Civil Service, the Kosovo Institute for Public Administration as well as the NATO Advisory Team.
Project team for both projects
Florian Qehaja, Local Team Leader
Svein Eriksen, Senior Advisor
Damir Ahmetovic, Regional Project Coordinator / PAR Expert