Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight in Macedonia
(1 December 2013-30 November 2015)
Today, democratic principles are more and more widely acknowledged, even in the security sector. The work of our centre has changed accordingly. In our first 10 years, we explained and advocated the idea of democratic governance in the defence sector. Then we gradually shifted to building capacity. Now our chief concern is to help security sector practitioners in young democracies push through democratic reforms that their governments have embraced.
Some of our programmes aim to support democratic governance and Euro-Atlantic integration across a wide scope of policy areas. In Turkey, we deal with issues of good governance in the security sector, while in Moldova, we were training policy officials on negotiations with the EU. Both these activities are intended to help accession to the union. Other programmes aim to help parliaments improve their oversight of the security sector.
Another big strand of our work is the development and delivery of training programmes on Security Sector Reform. We have been doing this in five countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucaus and in Kazakhstan. The idea is not merely to help practitioners face the challenges of SSR, but also to train local instructors. For this purpose, we provide them with teaching packages and training for trainers.