PODGORICA — Researchers from the POINTPULSE network took part in a panel discussing the importance of research and advocacy of the civil society organizations (CSOs) in raising the resistance to corruption in the security apparatus of the Western Balkans states during the Regional Workshop held on 31 May 2017 was in Podgorica, Montenegro.

During the panel named “Corruption Risk Assessment and Institutional Integrity” two of the POINTPULSE representatives have discussed experiences in monitoring public procurement process in the security sector and have presented some of the research findings from the ongoing POINTPULSE activities.

Centre for Security Studies (CSS) researcher Sanjin Hamidičević has presented projects and activities of his organization that is aimed at curbing corruption in the public procurement process and building police integrity.

“The achievement of the set objectives of our projects should strengthen the role of civil society in the oversight of public procurement, improve the training process, establish an independent citizen report, which will contribute to external oversight of the security sector”, stated Hamidičević.

Vladimir Erceg from Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) presented original and innovative means of building resistance to corruption in the security sector.

“BCSP has developed Accountability Framework, an original methodology for measuring potential risk of corruption in the police, and using the internet portal ‘Red flags’, which was recently launched, potentially harmful procurement are now easy to find”, presented Erceg

This event was jointly organized by Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative – RAI and Centre for Security Cooperation – RACVIAC and was hosted by the Ministry of Defense of Montenegro. The goal of the workshop was to increase the capacity of public authorities in the field of corruption risk assessment and integrity.

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