Following on from a busy summer/early autumn delivering Building Integrity activities in Kyrgyzstan and Montenegro and running the second Building Integrity Principles Presenters Course at Shrivenham, the Building Integrity UK (BI UK) team returned to Central Asia to deliver the Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) course in Dushanbe, Tajikistan between 22 – 25 October 2019.
This is the third course BI UK has delivered in the region during the last year and the team comprised Jacqueline Davies and Lesley Pellett and Military Advisor to BI UK, Lt Col Ian Comber (International Section).
17 Tajik delegates representing the Ministry of Defence, National Guard and the Border Office actively participated giving rise to lively debates about the impact of corruption. The course was supported by the Defence Section in Kazakhstan, with participation from the British Embassy in Dushanbe through the Deputy Head of Mission, Jonathan Layfield. Ms Tojinisso Azizova, Head of the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Tajikistan on transparency and anti-corruption also presented an alternative view which was very well received and created much discussion. Her Majesty’s Ambassador Mr Matthew Lawson delivered the closing address and presented certificates to the delegates.
The course was a great success, reflected by the DSAT score of 4.9 out of a possible 5 and BI UK will be once again returning to the region (Kazakhstan) in January 2020.