Intelligence and security services are an integral part of the security sector, and – when subject to democratic control, effective oversight, and the rule of law – they can make a valuable contribution to the provision of security and protection of human rights.
DCAF Programming focuses on strengthening legal and institutional frameworks, and capacity, for more effective oversight and control leading to more accountable and effective intelligence and security services.
Our partners include parliaments, judicial institutions, ministries, intelligence and security services, regulatory and expert oversight, and control bodies, civil society, media and international actors.
Having lived a life in secrecy, unreformed for decades and suspected of being used as a tool against political opposition, the secret services of North Macedonia are gradually being subjected to more external oversight and judicial controls. And as a result, slowly becoming more transparent.
This 30-minute Story of Change Documentary takes you behind the scenes and describes achievements and challenges as of 2021 linked to recently initiated Government-led reforms - a process DCAF has contributed to since early 2018.
The mini-documentaries are TV in-depth stories combining informational videos and storytelling. The videos explain the progress and reforms implemented in the intelligence and security sector in North Macedonia. They raise awareness of the contemporary challenges and milestones in the respective sector and increase public trust in the intelligence and security institutions and actors in North Macedonia.
The first mini-documentary focuses on gender balance in the army and in security services. Gender sensitivity and gender responsiveness are, inter-alia, the guiding principles in the implementation of the Intelligence and Security Sector Reform Programme in North Macedonia.
In the past most senior managerial positions belonged to men, and women were administrators or held managerial positions in support of the intelligence work cycle.
Since 2018 significant progress regarding gender equality has been made within this sector. Watch this short video to find out more.
Two additional mini-documentaries are available. They focus on the civilian and democratic oversight over the intelligence and security sector and the security of classified information.
North Macedonia begins a new chapter in the reform of the security and intelligence sector under DCAF partnership and with the support of the European Union, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The DCAF Director officially signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Assembly of North Macedonia, and Cooperation Agreements with the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors and with the Operational Technical Agency.
Watch this mini-documentary to find out more.
Marc Remillard, Programme Manager, Europe & Central Asia Division (email@example.com)