Capacity building and the Afghan National Police Views from the frontline

Gavin Boyd, Gordon Marnoch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The article reports on a study of an intelligence management capacity building programme involvingformer Police Service of Northern Ireland officers mentoring members of the Afghan NationalPolice. The study contributes to the formative evaluation of a policy transfer based on principles andpractices developed in Northern Ireland. A short discussion of Afghanistan, policing, intelligencemanagement and policy transfer is provided, before attention is given to the capacity buildingprogramme. The study is context rich drawing on qualitative data. Analysis draws on face to faceinterviews conducted with mentors working with the ANP during 2010-2012. Interview questionswere broad in nature encouraging respondents to discuss implementation in their own terms.Respondents generally concluded policy transfer was viable but were in a position to provide a great deal of information on the Afghan context and how specific problems occurred during implementation of the capacity building programme. Cultural issues, corruption and resource constraints presented obstacles to the transfer as did the general absence of a bureaucratic basis for managing the ANP. Violence and physical geography presented rather less of a problem than was anticipated. The need to learn more about appropriate inter-personal skills in capacity building emerged as a significant finding. Such knowledge is currently undervalued in policy transfer within the policing sector.
LanguageEnglish
Pages251-273
JournalEuropean Journal of Policing Studies
Volume1
Issue number4
Early online date12 May 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 May 2014

Fingerprint

police
Afghanistan
mentoring
corruption
intelligence
violence
geography
interview
evaluation
management
resources

Keywords

  • Afghan police
  • capacity building.

Cite this

@article{c161de3077524241867f7eac58bb34bf,
title = "Capacity building and the Afghan National Police Views from the frontline",
abstract = "The article reports on a study of an intelligence management capacity building programme involvingformer Police Service of Northern Ireland officers mentoring members of the Afghan NationalPolice. The study contributes to the formative evaluation of a policy transfer based on principles andpractices developed in Northern Ireland. A short discussion of Afghanistan, policing, intelligencemanagement and policy transfer is provided, before attention is given to the capacity buildingprogramme. The study is context rich drawing on qualitative data. Analysis draws on face to faceinterviews conducted with mentors working with the ANP during 2010-2012. Interview questionswere broad in nature encouraging respondents to discuss implementation in their own terms.Respondents generally concluded policy transfer was viable but were in a position to provide a great deal of information on the Afghan context and how specific problems occurred during implementation of the capacity building programme. Cultural issues, corruption and resource constraints presented obstacles to the transfer as did the general absence of a bureaucratic basis for managing the ANP. Violence and physical geography presented rather less of a problem than was anticipated. The need to learn more about appropriate inter-personal skills in capacity building emerged as a significant finding. Such knowledge is currently undervalued in policy transfer within the policing sector.",
keywords = "Afghan police, capacity building.",
author = "Gavin Boyd and Gordon Marnoch",
year = "2014",
month = "5",
day = "12",
language = "English",
volume = "1",
pages = "251--273",
journal = "European Journal of Policing Studies",
issn = "2034-760X",
number = "4",

}

Capacity building and the Afghan National Police Views from the frontline. / Boyd, Gavin; Marnoch, Gordon.

In: European Journal of Policing Studies, Vol. 1, No. 4, 12.05.2014, p. 251-273.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Capacity building and the Afghan National Police Views from the frontline

AU - Boyd, Gavin

AU - Marnoch, Gordon

PY - 2014/5/12

Y1 - 2014/5/12

N2 - The article reports on a study of an intelligence management capacity building programme involvingformer Police Service of Northern Ireland officers mentoring members of the Afghan NationalPolice. The study contributes to the formative evaluation of a policy transfer based on principles andpractices developed in Northern Ireland. A short discussion of Afghanistan, policing, intelligencemanagement and policy transfer is provided, before attention is given to the capacity buildingprogramme. The study is context rich drawing on qualitative data. Analysis draws on face to faceinterviews conducted with mentors working with the ANP during 2010-2012. Interview questionswere broad in nature encouraging respondents to discuss implementation in their own terms.Respondents generally concluded policy transfer was viable but were in a position to provide a great deal of information on the Afghan context and how specific problems occurred during implementation of the capacity building programme. Cultural issues, corruption and resource constraints presented obstacles to the transfer as did the general absence of a bureaucratic basis for managing the ANP. Violence and physical geography presented rather less of a problem than was anticipated. The need to learn more about appropriate inter-personal skills in capacity building emerged as a significant finding. Such knowledge is currently undervalued in policy transfer within the policing sector.

AB - The article reports on a study of an intelligence management capacity building programme involvingformer Police Service of Northern Ireland officers mentoring members of the Afghan NationalPolice. The study contributes to the formative evaluation of a policy transfer based on principles andpractices developed in Northern Ireland. A short discussion of Afghanistan, policing, intelligencemanagement and policy transfer is provided, before attention is given to the capacity buildingprogramme. The study is context rich drawing on qualitative data. Analysis draws on face to faceinterviews conducted with mentors working with the ANP during 2010-2012. Interview questionswere broad in nature encouraging respondents to discuss implementation in their own terms.Respondents generally concluded policy transfer was viable but were in a position to provide a great deal of information on the Afghan context and how specific problems occurred during implementation of the capacity building programme. Cultural issues, corruption and resource constraints presented obstacles to the transfer as did the general absence of a bureaucratic basis for managing the ANP. Violence and physical geography presented rather less of a problem than was anticipated. The need to learn more about appropriate inter-personal skills in capacity building emerged as a significant finding. Such knowledge is currently undervalued in policy transfer within the policing sector.

KW - Afghan police

KW - capacity building.

UR - https://pure.ulster.ac.uk/en/publications/capacity-building-and-the-afghan-national-policeviews-from-the-fr-2

M3 - Article

VL - 1

SP - 251

EP - 273

JO - European Journal of Policing Studies

T2 - European Journal of Policing Studies

JF - European Journal of Policing Studies

SN - 2034-760X

IS - 4

ER -