The Representatives of seven civil society organisations from the Western Balkans, part of the regional think tank consortium, presented their findings of three-year long research on key achievements and weaknesses in the accountability of security sectors. The final roundtable of the project took place in Belgrade, on the 27th of March 2012. Secretary General of Centre for Security Studies Sarajevo, Denis Hadžovic, presented the Bosnia findings based on the empirical research as provided in the joint almanac.

The Almanac on Security Oversight in the Western Balkan is a key output of a three-year long collaborative research project of seven Western Balkan think-tanks focused on improving the capacity of civil society organisations to map and monitor security sector governance and encourage security sector reform in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The unique component of this project has been an attempt to advance the methodology for mapping and monitoring security sector reform which was originally developed by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. At the launch of Almanac’ the grades for quality of parliamentary control and oversight, general and financial transparency will be presented.

The partners of this project, which was entitled “Civil Society Capacity Building to Map and Monitor SSR in the Western Balkans” and which ran from early 2009 to early 2012 include: Analytica, Skopje; Belgrade Centre for Security Policy – BCSP (Belgrade); the Centre for Security Studies (CSS), Sarajevo; the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), Podgorica; the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS), Pristina; the Institute for International Relations (IMO), Zagreb; and the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), Tirana. Additionally, the project was supported by DCAF and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.