Police Cooperation in Albania 2nd Phase

08/09/2014 - 18/12/2014

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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.

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Mandate outputs / products

Initial collection and analysis of relevant documentation (report, reviews, laws, strategies,  media articles, etc.); meetings and interviews with key-stakeholders in the country(GoA; ASP, civil society, media representatives, international donors/programs, direct beneficiaries of the current programme, implementers of the current programme activities, etc.); Regional workshops with a variety of actors in  selected representative locations in Albania; analysis of collected data, development and testing of options for the new programme; checking with GoA and the Swedish Embassy in Tirana and incorporation of comments received, presentation of a draft programme proposal and finalisation upon receiving feed-back from the main stakeholders.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The mandate outputs will contribute to draft a program proposal of further Swedish assistance to the Albanian State  Police (ASP) that is based on the specific results of the ongoing cooperation phase but that includes and reflects the new needs of the GoA and its reform priorities in the police and security sector. The new program proposal should focus in the areas that require further consolidation from the previous/current phase and strengthen the likelyhood of sustainability of its main results. The new areas/activities to be introduced should be well-linked to the current phase and constitute a natural growth of the program scope and modalities. The program proposal is expected to guide the future Swedish assistance in the police area for a 4 years period.

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