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    • Fourth research seminar on measuring security sector reform in the Western Balkans held in Durres

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    • Date: 13 April 2010
      Seminar dedicated to enhancing methodology and index for measuring security sector reform was held from 7 April to 11 in Durres, Albania. Host of the seminar was the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Tirana. The seminar was organized as a part of regional project for enhancing strengthening the capacities of civil society for mapping and monitoring of security sector reform in the Western Balkans.

      Aside from the work on harmonizing criteria for measuring security sector reform, the goal of the seminar was to present main research findings on two criteria of security sector reform index: legal state and control and oversight by the independent state bodies.

      Comparison of the results of research showed that Ombudsman, who sometimes also performs the function of Commissioner for free access of information of public importance and State Auditor are the institutions which are appointed in every state of region. Beside these institutions, competences for control and oversight of the security sector are also given to Military Ombudsman, various commissions and agencies for fight against the corruption, for prevention of conflict of interest etc. Work of these institutions was analyzed through their legal status, capacities, roles, functions, accountability, resources and the impact of their work. In most of the cases work of these bodies was graded with marks between 3 and 4.

      Grading system was developed on the basis of the concept of first and second generation of security sector reform. Grade 1 is the worst while 5 is the best mark, with the possibility of half grade mark. In addition, joint components of every grade are established, which make unified matrix for grading the progress of security sector reform, which is applicable to entire region of Western Balkan.

      Results of research on these two and the rest of criteria will be published in Security Sector Reform Almanac that will be published next year.

      Next seminar will be held at the end of the June 2010 in Sarajevo, during which the public presentation of the first products of this three-year long project - context analysis of security sector reform, chronology and bibliography will be held.

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