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Policy Impact Assessment Report on the NATO Building Integrity Programme

This report examines the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Building Integrity (BI) Programme, a defence capacity-building programme that aims to provide NATO member states, partners and other states with tailored support to reduce the risk of corruption and enhance the understanding and practice of good governance in their defence establishments.

The main finding is that the programme is viewed as necessary and highly beneficial by many stakeholders, with numerous changes implemented since 2014 among participating states. Challenges include sustaining the momentum of reforms, fostering greater transparency, and broadening participation while mitigating the political instrumentalization of participation in the programme.

The report recommends that the process be further refined, communications improved and new tools developed. Expert networks in defence integrity are encouraged, as well as widening engagement of member states. Finally, regular monitoring and evaluation should be conducted.


1. Introduction

2. Assessment design

3. Results compiled from the responses of state representatives

4. Interview-based feedback on the impact of the SAQ/PRP process and 13 efforts to mainstream NATO BI Policy 

5. Overall results

6. Recommendations on further strengthening the NATO BI Programme


Dr Marina Caparini was until recently a Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Governance and Society Programme.
Dr Anastasia Aladysheva was a Senior Researcher with the Peace and Development Programme.
Dr Gary Milante is an Associate Senior Researcher.