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Capacity, Integrity and Sustainability Framework

CIS Framework

The Capacity, Integrity and Sustainability (CIS) Framework is a simple tool to help move beyond a focus on personnel skills and equipment, and towards three crucial dimensions of institutional survival (see Figure 1 below). Originally designed to look at the capacity and integrity of an institution to be effective and accountable at the individual and organisation level, the CIF has since evolved to also look at external oversight aspects, as well as at the sustainability or continuity of not only individual posts and functions (recruitment and retention), but also organisational staffing structures and resourcing.  

In analysing an institution, the CIF distinguishes between three levels of an institution:

  1. Individual: an individual’s background, education, experience and aptitude that helps him/ her accomplish his/ her tasks
  2. Organisational: an organisation’s mandate, resources, structures, policies and procedures
  3. External: its interdependence with other institutions

The three quality dimensions of an institution are:

  1. Capacity : existing resources, structures and procedures
  2. Integrity : respect for basic norms and values when using its capacity
  3. Sustainability : conditions for building a stable and sustainable service

For the full tool, download the pdf below, or use the online version in the Methodology section to see how the tool is used to Identify Causes in a Community Based Needs Assessment of the Criminal Justice Chain.

An 2011 blog by Alexander Meyer-Reickh developing the CIS Framework provides insight into its application.



Interview avec Serge Rumin-Les conseillers dans des contextes de réforme

Les conseillers dans des contextes de réforme

Serge Rumin, Directeur du Programme DSS au Burundi, octobre 2012.

Serge Rumin répond aux questions suivantes :

  1. Quels sont les défis auxquels font face les conseillers dans des situations d’instabilité ?
  2. Quels sont quelques défis auxquels se confronte un conseiller ?
  3. Qu’est-ce qu’un conseiller pourrait faire afin de contribuer au renforcement des capacités d’un pays ?
  4. Comment éviter de développer une dépendance vis-à-vis des conseillers externes ?
  5. Entant que conseiller, quel avis donnerez-vous quant à la corruption ?
  6. Comment peut-on conseiller sans prendre une position de pouvoir ?
  7. Est-ce qu’un partenaire local vous avez demandé de faire le travail vous-même ?

Other Documents

Using the Capacity Integrity Framework (CIF)

This document explains how to apply the Capacity Integrity Framework to assess the capacity and integrity of a security institution. It lists the general question areas to be explored in each of the four areas of the matrix. 

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