Serbia: Development of Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia
Launched in May 2011, the DCAF project to develop Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry of Interior of Serbia supports efforts to modernise the Ministry of Interior and respond to EU enlargement requirements. It is initiating the process of developing organisational and operational capacities for strategic management. The project's main objective is to enhance the skills of mid and senior level managers in the Ministry and the Police Directorate in order to improve management practices throughout the organisation. It will thus contribute to the attainment of the goals of the Ministry’s Development Strategy 2011 – 2016.
The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
The target audience is a selected group of 60 Ministry of Interior civilian and uniformed police staff at the middle and senior levels working in various managerial positions throughout the organisation, and who are expected to carry in the foreseeable future the brunt of the long-term reform efforts.
The project was initiated with an awareness building conference on Strategic Management in Theory and Practice, attended by the top brass of the Ministry, including the minister himself. This was followed by a Baseline Study on Strategic Management Capacity in the Ministry which identified the gaps and proposed several recommendations as to how to address them.
The core of the project is the provision over a period of 2 years of a set of internationally recognized management courses for the selected target group. In November – December 2011 the group mastered a course in General Management, followed by a course in Leadership in Public Administration in March – April 2012. A course in Change Management followed in June 2012, and a course in Performance Management will follow in the fall.
In addition, courses in specific areas will be designed to meet the requirements of current developments in the Ministry.