In this video, Paulo Costa speaks about the importance of recognising the larger context of a situation and assessing the environment for decision making and its limitations when working with your local partner.
I am Paulo Costa, I am the head of the police program within the South Eastern Europe division, within DCAF. I have substantial experience, more than 11 years working in police reform in South Eastern Europe, in all countries in the region.
I would like now to talk a bit about understanding the local partner and understanding the possibilities that to move forward and in order to understand your partner you also need to understand the level of decision making that your partner has and whatever decisions he can make. From my experience, and I felt that from South Eastern Europe in most of the cases, due to the centralised decision making and the highly politicised system within the police, and insecurity of jobs, leads sometimes our partners, or most of the time in my case, to be afraid of taking decisions that somehow can jeopardise their job.
This is particularly important from the role of advisor to understand these limitations and to understand when you have to pull back and rather than targeting specifically the partnering itself try to look at it in more broad. And look into the source of the problem and maybe trying to address it in a different form. If it is a political decision, first secure the political decision, and if there is will and if there is a political decision then usually on the field, our partners the practitioners will do it. So this is very important you should always as a good advice to assess the political environment, the decision making system, in order to guarantee that we also do not contribute for perhaps jeopardising job security.