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.
Norway and Sweden have requested ISSAT support to carry out an SSR Assessment in Liberia with a view to providing recommendations on how these two countries can best contribute to the SSR process in Liberia.
The assessment focused on two key aspects:
- Potential areas/sectors for Swedish/Norwegian support.
- Funding mechanism s in place that could potentially be used by Norway and Sweden to support Liberia’s SSR efforts.
To address these two issues, ISSAT considered the following sub-questions:
- What are the challenges and opportunities for SSR in the short term (2012-13), medium term (next 5 years) and long term (10-15 years)?
- To what extent are current donor engagements, including Norway’s and Sweden’s, addressing the above challenges and opportunities?
- How can additional support complement and strengthen ongoing initiatives?
- Are the funding mechanisms in place in Liberia efficient, and do the activities they support sufficiently address the Liberian people’s needs for access to security and justice?
- How can the joint collaboration between Norway and Sweden in SSR bring about synergies and maximize resources/results?
The current police cooperation with Albania was completed in March 2015. The Government of Albania (GoA), through the Minister of Interior (MoI), has requested further support. ISSAT has designed the existing cooperation programme and conducted its review in 2013. Both exercises have been conducted in an effective and professional way, therefore Sweden requested ISSAT's 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, to 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 Swedish assistance in line with the new reform needs and the ambitions of the GoA in the field of justice and security. ISSAT was mandated with the design of this 2nd phase.
The programme “Strengthening Community Policing in Albania", phase II, 2017-2020 (SCPA) started on 4th of January 2017 and will run for 4 years until December 2020.
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.