The Government of Sweden has requested ISSAT support to conduct a baseline study of the juvenile justice system in Albania in relation to the areas covered by the programme 'Enhanced capacity of Albanian law enforcement agencies and Courts to meet human rights standards in juvenile justice – a comprehensive justice chain approach' launched in 2017. The programme is implemented jointly by the Swedish Police, Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Courts Administration and the Swedish Prison and Probation Services and covers the following cooperation areas:
- Legislative review/implementation
- Tools and organizational structures
- Enhanced staff capacity: training and guidelines
- Inter-agency cooperation and coordination
The current police cooperation with Albania it's to be completed by March 2015 and the Government of Albania (GoA), through the Minister of Interior (MoI) has requested further support. ISSAT has designed the exisiting cooperation programme and conducted it's review in 2013. Both exercises have been conducted in an effective and professional way, therefore Sweden would like to rely on ISSAT expertise in the design for a 2nd phase of cooperation between Sweden and Albania in the police area. The 2nd phase is supposed to consolidate the current phase achievements in the Community Policing area, and if necessary and in response to the GoA priorities expand into other police cooperation areas. The current leadership of the MoI has embarked into an ambitious program to increase safety levels and public order in the country and to reform the police service towards higher levels of effectiveness and professionalism. A new cooperation program phase is thus desired to bring the Swedish assistance in line with the new reform needs and the ambitions of the GoA in the field of justice and security. ISSAT is mandated with the design of this 2nd phase.
The mandate project would look into different the aspects of the programme implementation like general level of progress, effectiveness of the Project Managament Team set-op, level of ownership from the Albanian State Police and other relevant actors, relationships with the direct beneficiaries, level of programme adjustment to the changing environment, quality of communication with external actors and other ongoing programmes, efficiency in the use of resources, etc. The mandate project should look into possible ways to maximise the programme results and assess the overall quality of the programme by-products developed so far. This mandate is part of the programme Swedish Support to Community Policing in Albania.
SIDA, the Swedish Development Agency, has requested DCAF/ISSAT assistance to design a three-year programme in support of community policing in Albania. The target audience of the programme consists of: the State Police, the Ministry of Interior, civil society and communities, and, where relevant, local government structures. This mandate relates to the programme Swedish Support to Community Policing in Albania.
(Note - All mandate documents are available under the documents tab. Additional information such as lessons identified and feedback are also attached as documents under the documents tab, rather than filled in on line, due to the fact that this mandate took place before the on line options were available).
Team members were Victoria Walker, Ana Kantor, Everett Summerfield, Sabine Ymeri and Besnik Ahmetaj.
The Albanian-Swedish Juvenile Justice “Enhanced capacity of Albanian law enforcement agencies and courts to meet human rights standards in juvenile justice – a comprehensive justice chain approach” programme was launched in 2017. The programme, funded by the Swedish Embassy in Tirana, is implemented jointly by the Swedish Police, Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Courts Administration and the Swedish Prison and Probation Services. The programme deploys a unique cross Government approach to implementation. The key focus areas of the project are: support to development of regulations/legislation, support to coordination amongst Albanian criminal justice institutions, capacity building of staff, and development of tools/guidance to guide implementation.
The evaluation of the project took place in September 2019 and was undertaken by DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team at the request of the Swedish Police Authority.