Partner – NATO’s Building Integrity team
Meetings of the Defence Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels - North Atlantic Council MeetingThe Building Integrity team at NATO HQ Brussels is one of CIDS’ closest partners. The BI team comprises personnel from NATO’s International Staff and serves as the executing agent and project manager for the BI programme. The team works together with NATO member states, partners, international organisations and representatives of civil society to develop a multi-year programme to promote awareness and understanding of corruption and its impact on the defence sector.
Education and training are an important part of the BI programme. The NATO BI Education and Training Plan from 2012 addresses capacity building for individuals and institutions as well as requirements for NATO led operations. Various BI courses are conducted at NATO and national institutions, and are open to both civilian and military personnel.
CIDS serves as Department Head for BI education and training, with a focus on individual education and training, and institution building. Responsibilities include translating BI requirements and related programmes into education and training objectives, modules and courses.

NATO Building Integrity

Norway has been an active contributor to NATO’s Building Integrity programme since its establishment in 2007. The BI programme promotes good practice and provides practical tools to help NATO member states and partners build integrity and promote transparency and accountability in order to reduce the risk of corruption in the defence and security sector. Participation is open to all NATO members and partners.
The Building Integrity programme was established by NATO as an extension of NATO’s Partnership Action Plan on Defence Institution Building (PfP PAP-DIB).
Participating countries are encouraged to complete the BI Self- Assessment Questionnaire in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their defence integrity system. As a follow-up, a NATO-led peer review team may assist in evaluating the results of the questionnaire’s mapping and in proposing ways of addressing weaknesses and shortfalls.

Countries that have carried out a BI self assessment and peer review process
Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, the Republic of Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Education and training 

BI course catalogueEducation and training activities are part of the tools used by the Building Integrity programme to enhance transparency, accountability and integrity. Education and training are key to making and sustaining change and to producing long term benefits. Courses are organized to assist and train nations in building capacities and enhance institutions in the spirit of cooperative security. It aims at raising awareness, sharing best practice, processes and methodologies as well as at increasing interoperability and promoting international cooperation, all of which are important tools in achieving a more secure environment.
A large spectrum of tailored educational activities are offered, including domestic courses, online and mobile courses, on-demand courses, as well as pre-deployment training. Professional development training and ‘train-the-trainers’ can also be offered. Some courses are organized directly by NATO and others by the BI Implementing Partners. You can find more information about the courses in the NATO Building Integrity course catalogue.
To learn more about the BI programme, visit NATO’s websites, download the compendium of best practices, or watch this introductory video on Building Integrity: