International engagements – fostering peace and development

The international engagement of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (SPPS) is divided into two main areas – peace operations support and international development cooperations. We contribute with personnel expertise to peace operations in conflict affected countries and we are running bilateral development cooperation’s with partner countries aiming to strengthen their corrections- and criminal justice institutions.

SPPS is actively engaged within bilateral development cooperation and with support to UN- and EU-led peace operations with a central attention on Rule of Law and Human Rights.

Peace operations support

Sustainable peace and a transparent and effective criminal justice system are closely interconnected. The public's trust and confidence in institutions as the judicial authority, prosecutors' office, police and corrections service is paramount for the reconstruction of a democratic society. Corrections constitutes a vital part of the criminal justice chain by ensuring the legality of sentence enforcement and protection of human rights. A core objective of SPPS' international engagement is to make our personnel available for peace operations in conflict and crises affected countries. 

International development cooperation

A need to reform and advance the corrections sector is often apparent even in more developed countries. SPPS' development cooperations are mainly conducted through bilateral partnerships with correction institutions in other countries, in some cases in collaboration with other Swedish criminal justice agencies.

Based on SPPS' area of expertise we support partner countries to elevate their operations in accordance with democratic- and Rule of Law principles. This is being obtained through the extensive knowledge and experience within SPPS and guided by frameworks of recognized international standards.

Employees on international assignments

All personnel engaged in international work are employed by SPPS and have several years of professional corrections experience. Since 2005 close to 200 corrections officers have been deployed on international assignments. Guided by the shifting objectives that each mission require, various professions within SPPS have been engaged. Apart from corrections officers, psychologists, trainers, conflict resolution specialists, nurses and others have provided valuable support in for example Somalia, Haiti, Palestine, Kosovo, Liberia, Kenya and Albania.

Office for international affairs

The international engagement is operated and administered by a separate unit within SPPS–the Office for International Affairs. The work is mainly financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via separate appropriation directions and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).