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        • BCSP launched in June 2013 its most ambitious anti-corruption initiative thus far: a series of research and advocacy activities culminating in the establishment of the Partnership for Integrity in Security Sector of Serbia.

          In time, BCSP will facilitate a complex process of joining efforts coming from the Government, independent regulatory bodies and civil society that are aimed at building integrity and combating corruption in practices of three principal security actors: Ministry of Defense and Serbian Armed Forces (SAF); Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Security-Information Agency (BIA).

          In order to achieve such an ambitious goal, BCSP team will undertake following principal activities, each relating to a specific anti-corruption policy priority and carrying a strong advocacy component:

          (1) Monitoring the adoption and implementation of integrity plans in Serbia’s security sector, with findings brought to public’s attention through a special report;

          (2) Monitoring procurement practices, and thus implementation of Serbia’s new Public Procurement Law, especially in regard to the newly introduced “public procurement in security and defense”, also resulting in a report;

          (3) Reporting on the oversight role performed by three of the National Assembly’s committees - Committee for defense and internal affairs, Committee for oversight of security services and Committee for finances, state budget and control over the spending of public finances - especially in regard to anti-corruption and integrity building in Serbia’s security sector; concluding with a public hearing hosted by the National Assembly;

          (4) Reaching out to citizens - BCSP plans to develop a variety of interactive tools in order to get citizens’ take on corruption in one actor they encounter on daily basis - the police. Therefore, BCSP’s current Corruption Risk Map portal will go through an extensive overhaul, adding exciting new contents: (1) An Android-powered map of police corruption in Serbia); (2) Poll specifically designed to produce a virtual profile of an “ideal police officer” and (3) Online game “What would you do”, testing citizens’ reactions to potentially corruptive situations.

          Successful research depends on setting the methodology straight. For this reason, the project starts with development of an Accountability Framework - utilizing input from its previous research, such as Mapping and Monitoring of Security Sector in Serbia, and Corruption Risk Map, expected to be completed by September 2013 and resulting in separate working documents.

          This project is made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Civil Society Forward” program, implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities.  

        • Tags: corruption, research, Security sector, military, police, intelligence services
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