This activity is deemed ODA-eligible as it demonstrates technical co-operation provided to government ministries to assist review and reform of the security system to improve good governance and civilian oversight. Eligible assistance is limited to civilian competence/capacity building and strategic planning/advice activities that promote political, institutional and financial transparency, accountability, civilian oversight, as well as respect for human rights and inclusive, gender-sensitive security institutions. However, as the targeted audience is the Ministry of Defence, the support must be part of a national security system reform strategy and be approved by the partner country ministry with overall responsibility for co-ordination of external assistance. Any other assistance to the Ministry of Defence of armed forces is not reportable as ODA (paragraph 105).
Furthermore, this activity also links in with the Reporting Directives on training of partner country military. Training in anti-corruption, including prevention of predatory behaviour against civilians and in transparency, respect of civilian oversight and democratic control are amongst the eligible areas listed in the Directives (paragraph 97).