The Swedish National Police (SNP) has requested ISSAT support to conduct a mid-term evaluation for its Police Cooperation project in Liberia. The project has been implemented by the SNP since 2016 and is expected to end in 2019. Previously the Swedish National Police supported the LNP in the area of crime scene investigations through a bilateral program 2009-2015. The project purpose is to achieve improved quality of crime investigations including Sexual Gender Basedc Violence (SGBV), basic crime investigation, basic crime scene investigation and cooperation between the LNP and the Prosecution Service in three police station areas. The project components focus on addressing important challenges and needs as formulated by the Liberian police and prosecutors who attended the workshop:
- Training in basic crime investigations, basic crime scene investigations and investigations of SGBV crimes.
- Guidelines to optimize the quality control of any crime investigation case forwarded to the Prosecution Service.
- Basic forensic equipment.
- Improved premises and facilities for one stop centres and comfort rooms for SGBV victims .
- Improved cooperation between police and prosecutors.
- Public awareness raising.
As of March 2010, the Swedish Police has a Swedish Police Adviser stationed in Nairobi. The Adviser is mandated to support the Police Reform Secretariat and the Police Reform Units in the Kenya National Police Service with strategic guidance for the management , coordination, implementation and monitoring of police reforms in Kenya. The Swedish Police are also providing short-term support to certain police reform areas, such as community policing and police training. A pilot project in community policing was launched in Kikuyu in September 2011 within this short-term support. The pilot will be rolled out to a few more areas during 2013. The support that the Swedish Police are providing to the Kenya National Police Service is financed by Sida. The current project period ends in summer 2013 and the Swedish Police are looking into the possibility to broaden the support to a more long-term bilateral cooperation between the Swedish Police and the Kenya National Police Service.
The purpose of the feasibility study is to assess whether the preconditions are in place for starting up long-term bilateral development cooperation between the Swedish Police and the Kenya National Police Service and to identify possible areas for cooperation. Some of the questions that need to be addressed in the study are:
- The will and the support for reform within different levels of the Kenya National Police Service
- The Police Service’s interest for reform cooperation with the Swedish Police and their capacity to undertake a development project/programme
- External factors that may impact on the ability of the Kenya National Police Service to implement reforms and to undertake a reform/development project/programme
Review of the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Development Strategy of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia
The Swedish National Police, financed by the Swedish International Development Programme Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has requested assistance from DCAF to undertake an ISSAT assessment of the current situation regarding the implementation of the Ministry of Interior in Serbia Development Strategy 2011-2016 and particularly the so called “Action Plan”, related to the Swedish Police Assistance Programme.
The Swedish Police Assistance Programme is going to its end in December 2014. The purpose of this requested mid-term assessment is to study the progress of the implementation of the MoI Action Plan in relevant areas, and as well the current working-situation and the relevant process within the MoI. The study is intended to identify short comings and delay of the actions and activities foreseen and agreed in the Action plan, building on the internal evaluation currently being undertaken by the Bureau of Strategic Planning. The study should include recommendations for additional actions and assistance for reaching the goals and aims in the Action Plan within the framework of the programme.
The review should examine, as a minimum, the areas listed below. The overall areas and specific questions will be elaborated during the detailed development of the methodology and will take into account the information contained in the 2011 Baseline Study on Strategic Management Capacities in the Serbian MoI. In particular, the question areas will be narrowed down to ensure that the assignment is manageable.
- Relevance of the Action Plan to actual MoI priorities
- Effectiveness of the implementation of relevant areas of the Action Plan
- Efficiency of the MoI in implementing the Action Plan
- Ownership of the Action Plan by the MoI
- Communication and reporting on the Action Plan
- Coordination of implementation of the Action Plan and support provided
- Gender considerations
The study will include identification of specific obstacles to implementation, as well as highlighting successful approaches that may be transferred to other areas. The conclusions and recommendations provided by the review Team will be used as an advice to Sida/SNPB and the MoI in order to maximize the results of the Action Plan.
Ukraine Security Sector Mapping and Mapping of International Support to Ukraine Security Sector Phase II
The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) requested for ISSAT support in further developing and supplementing the existing mapping of bilateral support to the SSR process, which was completed in June 2015 by ISSAT (see mandate Ukraine Mapping mandate from 01 May 2015). In this regard, ISSAT was requested to expand the mapping to cover additional actors and institutions in the sector, namely multilateral organisations and international/national non-state actors involved in SSR.
In addition, a mapping and synthetization of other SSR assessments was to be concluded. This mapping included a list of ongoing and planned assessments made by the international community (and recently finalized ones) and a summary of the key findings in these assessments.
Finally, ISSAT was requested to support a comprehensive mapping of the Ukrainian security sector. This information will complement the mapping of international initiatives and serve as a basis for the consultations in Ukraine and the final needs assessment of SSR in Ukraine.
ISSAT was requested to support a comprehensive needs-analysis of SSR in Ukraine that is being developed by the Swedish Agencies involved in international support to Security Sector Reform: the FBA, the Swedish Police, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Courts Administration, the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. The joint analysis was carried out through the Swedish National Contact Group for Security Sector Reform (NCSSR) with shared responsibility in line with respective agencies area of expertise. The needs-analysis was carried out in 3 phases. First, a desk study was performed to map the Ukrainian security sector and all relevant international engagements. Second, consultations in Ukraine were organised to verify and if necessary correct assumptions. A final report was subsequently produced and presented to the Swedish government. This mandate request only covers support to the first phase of the needs-analysis – the desk review. The first phase was expected to be completed by the beginning of August 2015.
The mandate contributed and complemented ongoing assessments and mappings conducted by other ISSAT Governing Board Members. It is noted that parallel processes are also being undertaken by the European Union, Netherlands, and Norway. The process of developing this needs assessment promoted and facilitated more active collaboration, information sharing and improve complementarity of efforts between ISSAT members and the wider international community. In addition, ISSAT was able to draw on the expertise and country experience of DCAF to help complete the mapping and needs-analysis.