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The Centre for integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS) was established in 2012 based on the initiative of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD). It is an advisory body and now an integral part of the MoD. The Centre is professionally independent in its advisory role related to “good governance” and building integrity (BI) in the defence and security sectors in Allied, as well as partner nations.

The Centre seeks to promote and enhance professional integrity and good governance in the defence and security sectors. CIDS’ approach is comprehensive, and its dedicated team of experts applies a variety of tools in their efforts to build competence, raise awareness and reduce risks of corruption.

CIDS is the executing agent on behalf of the MOD for projects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia in the Western Balkans and in Ukraine, focusing on BI, anti-corruption and good governance. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the projects. At NATO, the Centre has the role as Department Head for the training discipline Building Integrity (BI). It also advises NATO bodies on good governance and BI.

CIDS also contributes to seminars and conferences. As part of its activities, CIDS publishes handbooks and guidance documents, such as the series “Guides to Good Governance” (GGG), which are also published on NATO’s web page.

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