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Western Balkans: Civil Society Capacity Building to Map and Monitor SSR



The three-year project 'Civil Society Capacity Building to Map and Monitor Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans' was launched in February 2009 and co-organised by DCAF and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). The aim of the project was to bring together seven civil society organisations from the Western Balkans to cooperate on joint research projects to oversee, measure, and map security sector reform (SSR) in their countries using a common methodology.

Project Partners

Analytica: www.analyticamk.org
Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP): www.ccmr-bg.org
Center for Security Studies (CSS): www.css.ba
Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM): www.cedem.me
Institute for International Relations (IMO): www.imo.hr
Kosovo Centre for Security Studies (KCSS): www.qkss.org
Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM): www.idmalbania.org

The project was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by DCAF.

Project activities

The researchers from the civil society organisations involved in the project carried out a number of research activities based on a methodology to measure progress in national security sector reform which had initially been developed by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). Over three years, the researchers met in workshops twice a year, to discuss research methodology, methods and research results.

Project publications

Each participating CSO published a Context Analysis paper in 2011, mapping and analysing the recent history and the evolution of the local political and security environment. This paper provided a basis from which to analyse current security sector oversight mechanisms as well as broader progress and processes of SSR.

Albania Macedonia
Bosnia-Herzegovina Montenegro
Croatia Serbia

The Almanac on Security Sector Oversight in the Western Balkans  was written with contributions from all project partners and was launched in March 2012. In seven case studies the establishment and functioning of national mechanisms to ensure accountability and efficiency in the security sector, such as parliaments or ombudspersons, is described and analysed. A comparative chapter tries to identify similarities and differences in how oversight bodies were set up and function in the region. In addition, the methodology to measure SSR developed by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) is described in detail.


The Almanac is available in:

Albanian English
Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian Macedonian