Building Integrity UK (BI UK) returned to Afghanistan to deliver the tenth Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) course in Kabul since 2014.
From 2015 the course has evolved from the Afghan Senior Leaders Programme to the Capstone course with this iteration being CAPSTONE VII. CAPSTONE is aimed at selected 1*- 2* military and civilian equivalents across the defence and security sector, with two elements comprising a BISL (Counter-corruption, transparency and accountability) delivered by BI UK and a Strategic Leadership module delivered by International Section. The two modules are each 4 days long and are normally sequential with a 3 day gap between.
This CAPSTONE Building Integrity phase took place in the British Embassy Kabul (BEK) for 19 members of the Afghan National Security and Defence Forces from Lt Col - 2* in rank and repeated our highest ever student evaluation score of 4.9. The course aims to highlight risk areas of corruption for the Afghan defence and security sector and how to build institutional integrity to reduce the impact of corruption on the effectiveness of institutions and organisations in Afghanistan. Organisations across the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior Affairs were represented.
The course was opened once again by Lieutenant General Khudaidad, The Inspector General of the Office of the Commander in Chief and was addressed by the 2* US Senior Adviser to the Minister of Defence, Major General Tate. The other keynote speaker was Her Excellency Ms Husna Jalil, the Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The closing address was delivered and certificates presented by the 3* Head of Doctrine and Training of the MOD Lieutenant General Payenda. Major General Tate saw leadership as the key weapon against corruption. He stated:
“Corruption is a cancer and it can only be tackled by strong leadership, selected on merit and drawn from those of the highest talent. Afghanistan faces a fork in the road where it can tackle corruption or decline into failure. You as leaders are the future and the choice is yours as to which fork you take.”
The Building Integrity module was delivered by Jacqueline Davies Director BI UK and Lieutenant Colonel Dave Allen of the International Section who leads on BI for the section.
The following day after the BISL course, a Very Senior Leaders’ Integrity and Strategy Seminar was delivered to 8 Deputy Ministers of the Ministry of Interior Affairs by BI UK to assist the NATO Resolute Support Mission establish the training needs for the most senior leadership of the Ministry of Interior (MOI). This seminar was very successful and was characterised by honest and open discussions from all parties.
The BI UK programme has been running for 5 years and is delivered within the framework of the NATO Building Integrity programme. We received NATO certification for this course in 2016 and EU certification in 2017. BI UK has delivered to circa 2,000 defence and security sector officials from over 90 nations since 2014.