Civil Society to Map and Monitor Security System Reform in the Western Balkans 2009-2011

DurationSunday, 1 March, 2009 to Friday, 30 December, 2011
Project Description: 

This three year regional project aims to increase the capacity of civil society in the Western Balkan region to effectively oversee security sector reform both on the national level and through a cooperation network on the regional level. The purpose of the project is to analyze and research the security system reform in each of the seven partner countries from the Western Balkans. The project is financed by DCAF and will be implemented during the period March 2009 – December 2011.

The project is divided in three main products: Chronology of SSR, Context Analysis of SSR, and Monitoring SSR. The latter comprises a set of criteria to be developed during the assessment of the security sector reform in Albania such as transparency, representativeness, participativeness, human rights protection, executive and judicial controls etc. During this process, a series of trainings takes place in each of the participating countries, developing the methodology and research issues as well as providing a complementary approach for the assessment of the main actors of the security sector in the six countries of the Western Balkans.

The project will be finalized with the publication of an almanac with the research results of all the partner institutions for their state.

Coordinators and Regional Partners

  1. DCAF – Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces – coordinator and project manager
  2. CCMR – Centre for Civil and Military Relations, Belgrade, Serbia
  3. Analytica – Thinking laboratory, Skopje, Macedonia
  4. CEDEM – Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Podgorica, Montenegro
  5. CSS – Centre for Security Studies, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. KCSS – Kosovo Centre for Security Studies
  7. IDM – Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Tirana, Albania