The PANORAMA-Corsec project, implemented by CIVIPOL since January 2017, has two objectives : to strengthen the crisis management capacities of the Malian Ministry of Security and Civil Protection (MSPC) and to improve confidence between the population and the internal security forces.
As part of this second component, the Malian artist Dramane Diarra collaborated with the PANORAMA-Corsec programme to produce an educational comic book for young audiences. This pedagogical comic strip, a real tool to raise awareness of law enforcement missions, will be used by law enforcement agencies as a support during their interventions in schools.
Also, an agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Security and the Ministry of National Education to ensure that this comic strip is widely distributed to all schools in the country.
Since May 2017, Civipol intervenes on a capacity building and deradicalisation project in Nigerian jails financed by the European Commission for an amont of 4,4 million euros. For a duration of 18 months, it aims to contribute to the reduction of the violent extremism thanks to the implementation of jail’s deradicalisation program.
An international and national specialists experts team is mobilized for training and strengthening the NPS staff capacities, allowing to guarantee the skills capitalization as well as the project sustainability. Already deployed in Kuje jail, D-Rad is soon going to be extended in two other prison centers.
From June 25th till 29th 2018, all the project team (local office staff, international and local experts and CIVIPOL team project) met to Abuja to make an assessment of the past year and plan the upcoming activities.
Furthermore, the visit of President Macron to Abuja and Lagos at the beginning of July to discuss with his Nigerian counterpart of Nigerian and Sahel safety challenges translates the French willingness to pursue its commitment in a security cooperation with the country and in the region.
The Technical Support Project for the Reform Process of the Registration System for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in RDC was signed on April 23 of this year. Financed by the World Bank for an amount of 5,1 million dollars, Its purpose is to support the process of reform of the registration system of Vital Statistics and Vital Statistics in DRC.
This project, managed by CIVIPOL for a duration of two and a half years, is implemented together with DIGITECH, IDEMIA (formerly SAFRAN), TRANSTEC (which is the belgian subsidiary of CIVIPOL Group) and 2 local partners : the NGO CARITAS and UNFPA (Fund of Nations United for the Population).
CIVIPOL together with the experts of the project participated in the first Technical Committee which was organized by the CFEF (Cell of Execution of the Financing in favour of Fragile States) of the Ministry of Finance, which took place last June 7th 2018 in Kinshasa.
During this event, the consortium presented to the representatives of the beneficiaries ministries (Interior, Justice, Plan, Social Affairs, Health and Education) and to some journalists who were also invited the objectives and big phases of the project as well as the team which will be mobilized during the project.
An additional project for the organization of birth catch up campaigns during the confirmations enrollment in preprimary and primary schools in DRC was also lately awarded to the same Consortium. For a total amount of 14,5 million dollars, the corresponding contract has just been signed and will start as soon as possible.
Both projects will allow CIVIPOL asserting once again its expertise within technical support in the field of Civil Registration and also pursuing its commitment in sub-Saharan Africa.
With the objective of fighting against criminal networks engaged in human trafficking and people smuggling, the European Union project ROCK (Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum Process) was launched at the request of countries from the Horn of Africa, as part of the Khartoum process.
The aim of ROCK is to strengthen the coordination of police services in the region through the collection, exchange and analysis of operational data, in order to facilitate the dismantling of criminal networks. According to a study by Europol in 2017, activities by these criminal networks represent between 4.7 and 5.7 billion Euros a year, making it one of the largest and most widespread sources of profit for organised crime.
The ROCK is implemented by Civipol for the benefit of a consortium of EU Member States – France, the United Kingdom, Italy, with Spain as associate partner and Germany as an observer – and in partnership with Interpol and the African Union. The ROCK is set up for the countries of the Khartoum Process and the Horn of Africa Initiative of the African Union. Contacts are most advanced with Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Libyan authorities.
The ROCK is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. It is led by a committee composed of beneficiary states, partner states and institutions as well as the European Commission and the European External Action Service.
In the framework of the PAGS project to support the G5S group’s efforts to enhance security in the Sahel region and with Civipol’s support, the Permanent Secretariat of the Sahel G5 organised a task-sharing and distribution meeting to operationalise the Security Cooperation Platforms (PCMS) of the Sahel G5 member countries. This meeting brought together the various stakeholders involved in the operationalisation process, namely : the Permanent Secretariat of the Sahel G5, Interpol, the European Union, the UNODC, PCMS regional and national coordinators and experts involved in the project to support the Sahel G5’s efforts in favour of security (PAGS). The meeting was held on 23rd and 24th May on the premises of the SPG5.
The planned action programmes have two objectives : first, to facilitate exchanges of information between national and regional PCMS platforms ; and second, over time, to link up the national and regional PCMS platforms with the network of Interpol’s national central offices, in line with the recommendations made by the Sahel G5’s Defence and Security Committee.
These operations will give the Sahel G5 member-states an opportunity to control access to data exchanged between PCMS platforms while benefiting from all of Interpol’s databases, the latest communication technologies and round-the-clock maintenance of the PCMS exchange network.
A meeting with the partners : the Permanent Secretariat of the Sahel G5, Interpol, the European Union, the ONUDC, regional and national PCMS coordinators and the experts involved in the project to support the Sahel G5’s efforts in favour of security.
The Sahelian Security College (CSS) has resumed its cycle of activities with a renewed format for both its governance and its offering of training courses. It opened its new session with a seminar on “dialogue and exchanges between citizens, security forces and judicial authorities on security challenges in the Sahel”. From 22nd to 26th May, 23 participants representing civil society, security forces and the judiciary in the five countries that make up the Sahel G5 (G5S) came together in the local government training centre in Bamako, Mali.
This seminar was organised by Civipol as part of the European project to support the efforts of the G5S countries in favour of security in the Sahel. Its aim was to encourage the participants to reflect on the security challenges in the Sahel, notably terrorism and violent extremism, but also on the most serious forms of crime, particularly against women and children.
The discussions highlighted the participants’ dual determination : first, to improve relations between citizens, security forces and the judiciaries of the G5S member states ; and second, to ensure good communication and better exchanges of information between states and between all the international partners involved.
 Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad.
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The Milipol Asia-Pacific exhibition (formerly known as the Global Security Asia exhibition) in Singapore is the leading event dedicated to homeland security in the ASEAN area. It was held for the first time under the Milipol brand from 4th to 6th April 2017. It welcomed 266 exhibitors from 36 countries as well as 4,000 visitors and 70 delegations from 11 countries. Opened by Singapore’s Minister of Home Affairs, the exhibition also featured a cycle of high level conferences chaired by Mr Khoo Boon Hui, former Commissioner of the Singapore Police and former President of Interpol.
Civipol has just been awarded a new project in Niger financed by the European Union. It is a four-year project to provide support for justice and security in Niger to fight organised crime, smuggling and human trafficking (AJUSEN). Civipol is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and is also accountable for its final outcomes.
At the beginning of March, Civipol will be locating a team of three experts in Niamey made up of a team leader, a “border management” expert and a “training” expert. The main objective of this team will be to support the various criminal justice stakeholders in their fight against illegal migration, human trafficking, organised crime and terrorism, through three priority courses of action :
- institutional support : help with drawing up Niger’s national security policy ;
- capacity-building support : reinforcing the Internal Security Forces (ISF) ;
- sectoral support : taking part in setting up efficient border management.
This project is of special importance to Civipol in terms of stabilising the security situation in Niger and in the Sahelian strip. It forms part of our overall effort to reinforce the internal security forces within this region.
Between January 2015 and November 2016, Civipol implemented the Regional EU Programme for the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Maghreb and West Africa (PPREV-UE). With an overall budget of €1,675,000, this programme aimed to enhance the knowledge of EU delegations, European donors (GIZ, AFD, DANIDA, SIDA, etc.) and partner states on issues inherent to radicalisation and violent extremism.
In line with the experience of the RAN (Radicalisation Awareness) network in Europe, the PPREV-UE programme established a sub-regional network of experts combining academic research and field experience. It focused on improving the level of knowledge of its beneficiaries and on making recommendations in favour of the future development of strategies and projects aimed at effectively preventing radicalisation and violent extremism in this part of the world.
This programme introduced an innovative and original approach to dealing with these issues, not only at a national but also at sub-regional and transnational levels. A toolbox accessible via a private web platform featuring early warning notes, country studies, mapping material and coaching/training modules enabled beneficiaries to improve their diagnostic capabilities as well as the strategies to be deployed in terms of risk mitigation.
 RAN (Radicalisation Awareness Network) : network financed by the European Union, to prevent terrorism.
Civipol is leading managing the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism project (AML/CFT) in the countries of the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen).
This 6-million-euro project began in January 2015 for 36 months. It is led by a consortium comprised of the International Cooperation Directorate (DCI), the Expertise France agency and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).
Its mission is to support the Financial Investigation Units (FIUs), law enforcement agencies, intelligence services, the banking sector, customs, national anti-corruption agencies and anti-terrorist judges and prosecutors. It contributes to national and regional efforts to enforce international standards for combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
More specifically, it aims to improve the understanding of AML/CFT so as to strengthen national and regional capabilities of fighting against money laundering and terrorism financing. It also aims to foster cooperation and coordination between departments both at national and regional levels.
There have already been a number of results :
– a technical and organisational audit carried out in each FIU to identify their specific needs ;
– a status report on both national and regional regulatory frameworks for such issues ;
– the development of a train-the-trainers programme along with a mentorship scheme to boost capacity-building activities.
Finally, in a rather innovative way, a culture of inter-agency cooperation and coordination has been encouraged between these countries, which had not been collaborating with each other prior to this.
The European project “support for regional cooperation in G5 countries and the Sahel Security College“, financed by the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, started on the 17th October 2016 and will last 24 months. It is being implemented by a European consortium steered by Civipol in collaboration with the international cooperation directorate of the French Ministry of the Interior, the GIZ (Germany’s multilateral cooperation agency), FIIAP (the Spanish operator) and the CTB (Belgium’s technical cooperation agency).
The project’s objective is to provide our technical assistance for strengthening the governance, stability and security of the five member countries of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger et Chad). This project is part of the mutual commitments made in the “Road map for strengthening dialogue and cooperation between the G5 Sahel and the European Union” adopted on 20 November 2015 and regularly updated.
This 7 million euro project will cover the following strategic areas : security, stability, cross-border cooperation, training and capacity building of security players, enhancement of communication and information sharing in the field of security.
The local project team made up of four experts located in Nouakchott (Mauritania) and in N’Djamena (Chad) is due to submit its inception report by the beginning of 2017.
After managing projects from head office, you’re now working out in the field. What are the main differences ?
I can compare these experiences from two different angles : administrative and relational/diplomatic. When we work in the field, implementation turns out to be more difficult, especially in terms of complying with European administrative rules. We’re out in the front line and it isn’t always easy to find at the right time suppliers who meet all the requirements. From a relationship angle, we must also be very diplomatic if we want to find solutions that satisfy both the donor and the local recipient. Our positioning as experts is both strategic and tricky. Thus, we must be very aware of local cultural codes and know how to anticipate possible points of conflict so as to be able to overcome any difficulties without jeopardising the implementation process.
In your view, what results has the EUTANS project achieved ?
The results obtained have been rather positive, in spite of political and administrative changes in Nigeria in 2015. Most of the positive outcomes result from two components of the project : first, “deradicalisation in the National Prisons Service”, featuring a multidisciplinary team trained in a code of conduct to work with violent ex- terrorist prisoners – the team drafted an interministerial guide to meet the specificities of the Nigerian context ; second, under the support for civil and military operations and human rights monitoring component, the doctrinal and technical body of knowledge was drawn up and several training courses were held in order to create and strengthen a community of specialists in this field within the Nigerian armed forces and other agencies involved in homeland security operations.
What were the stages of implementation of the project ?
From the start, the goals of the project were to strengthen the capacity of Mauritania, Mali and Niger to deal better with terrorism and serious crime in the region concerned, to seek to improve regional cooperation between these states, and promote the establishment of a Sahelian Security College (CSS) to organise common training courses for leaders from all three countries.
Thus, the project’s first stage (from November 2011 to January 2014) focused on bilateral support for agencies dedicated to counter-terrorism in each of the three states (homeland security forces-justice system) and the development of the operating principles of the CSS.
In the second stage (from January 2014 to December 2015), we ended the bilateral support actions for Mauritania (in July 2014) and Niger (in September 2014), but continued those for Mali because of the situation there and broadened participation in the CSS to include Chad and Burkina Faso.
What were the project’s success factors ?
A regional project can function successfully only if the states concerned are convinced of the need to cooperate in the war on terrorism. This was actually quite difficult at first because the states were reluctant to work together. The founding of the Sahel G5 (made up of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) in February 2014 on the initiative of Mauritania with goals in line with those of the CT Sahel project greatly helped give meaning to the Sahelian Security College.
Furthermore, the College’s operating principle under which Africans should decide on the content, preparation and delivery of the training courses made it much easier for the G5 to take ownership of the CSS.
What outcomes did the project achieve ?
During the project’s 4-year existence, 2,217 people benefited from the training courses.
The CSS provided eight week-long training cycles on terrorism and serious crime. These involved some 200 representatives of the five Sahel G5 member states. The participants had very diverse professional backgrounds (magistrates, police officers, gendarmes, military forces, national guards, customs officers, journalists, religious leaders, academics, NGOs).
The CSS has now become an official Sahel G5 body approved by the heads of state. It is planned to locate it permanently in Mali. Civipol will continue to support it as it increases in importance.
You’ve worked on numerous Civipol projects. Could you briefly describe them ?
Between 2009 and 2016, I have worked on several Civipol projects. Our collaboration has been based on great mutual trust, good work-sharing habits and successful assignments in several African countries. My first project was in Togo, where I headed the training of police and gendarmerie officers in providing security for the elections, in drawing up community policing strategies and in operationally deploying new units charged with maintaining public order and with keeping crowds under control more democratically. Owing to the success of this first project (the elections went smoothly without any casualties), Civipol was tasked with another assignment in 2015.
In 2014, following serious disturbances to law and order in the Central African Republic, I was responsible on behalf of Civipol for implementing a programme to re- establish a mixed (police and gendarmerie) rapid intervention unit. Made up of 250 personnel, this unit was trained in strengthening the mechanisms used to prevent violence and defend human rights. Finally, since the start of 2016, I’ve been managing a dual programme that extends the actions undertaken by Civipol for the benefit of the Guinean police to foster community policing and destroy dangerous munitions in Kindia.
In the light of your experience, what are the success factors for any project ?
There are several of them. First, there is the work on project formulation and programming. It must be realistic in terms of clear and understandable objectives, allocated resources, country knowledge and the skills of the experts involved. The quality of human relationships between team members and between experts and programme recipients is also a key success factor. Other factors include the project team’s ability to choose and adapt the right tools for anticipating risks, successful project ownership by its beneficiaries and the sufficient involvement of the users and various other players.
What did your assignment consist of during the implementation of this project ?
To begin with, our mission was first to draw up an overall strategy on the protection of public health, notably by enhancing the safety of the medicine supply chain and by raising the awareness of the populations concerned ; and second to support the fight against organised crime by proposing the adoption of suitable legislative instruments, the holding of seminars to foster inter- ministerial and transnational cooperation as well as the organisation of workshops for training magistrates and law enforcement officers.
As the five recipient countries are spread over four regions (Central Africa, West Africa, the Maghreb and the Middle East), we then had to adapt this strategy as much as possible to take into account cultural differences and disparities in terms of development levels.
What were the different stages of implementation of this project ?
The actual implementation of the project in each of the recipient countries was carried out in three stages : firstly, the identification of the main partner within the Health Ministry (or the Food and Drug Administration) and of the contact points in the institutions impacted by the issue (Ministries of Justice, Home Affairs, Finance, Defence, Trade, etc.) ; secondly, the drafting, submission and approval of an action plan with the identified partners ; and thirdly, the practical implementation of activities such as inter-ministerial coordination meetings, police, customs and gendarmerie training, and seminars for magistrates and pharmacists.
What have been the results of the project ?
Midway through the implementation of the project- related activities, the results are very positive. The commitment of the recipient countries has turned out to be strong, as shown, in particular, by the creation in Senegal and Cameroon of national committees to fight against falsified medicines, the planned the creation of a similar committee in Jordan and the plan to study how to reform the Ghanaian legislative framework.
Here are some key figures : 61 pharmacist inspectors, 79 magistrates and 307 members of the security forces have already benefited from special training, 90 % of whom having reported that it was much appreciated, according to the assessment forms they completed.
Building on the fruitful partnership between Cameroon and France in the implementation of key reforms of the civil registration system, Cameroon’s first “National Civil Registration Conference” was held in Yaoundé on Thursday, 30th June 2016. This Conference reviewed the progress of the reform of Cameroon’s civil registration system, took stock of the support provided by France’s donation and identified the prospects for further reform and the next stages of implementation.
As part of its provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD), Civipol organised this Conference on behalf of this ministry and thanks to joint funding by France and the MINATD. A thousand participants came together to review civil registration, including civil registration officers and secretaries from the 374 main civil registry centres (in urban communities and town halls), first prefectural assistants, representatives of institutional bodies (MINATD, BUNEC and the ministries directly involved in civil registration, namely Health, Education, Promotion of women and families, Justice, foreign affairs, national security), as well as representatives of civil society. The Conference enabled the participants to share their experiences with a view to continuing and accelerating the reform of the civil registration system in Cameroon.
The Conference’s specific objectives were :
- To present the results of the legal, administrative and institutional aspects of civil registration reform ;
- To present the results of training initiatives in favour of civil registration personnel, actions taken to enhance the involvement of national or local authorities and campaigns to raise the awareness of the population ;
- To provide each main civil registry centre with the tools needed to monitor the secondary centres that report to it ;
- To draw up an administrative map of the main and secondary civil registry centres by the geolocalisation of all secondary centres in relation to their assigned main centres ;
- To specify the role of the National Civil Registration Bureau (BUNEC) and the links between the civil registry centres and the BUNEC, as well as the roles of the main centres in the new organisation of civil registration ; to empower the main civil registry centres to support and monitor the secondary civil registry centres ; to remind all concerned of the need to be sworn in and to fulfil the duties of civil registration officers and secretaries ; and to remind all civil registration officers and secretaries concerned of their obligations and of the penalties that exist for breaches of duty ;
- To mobilise all civil registration stakeholders in order to enable them to take better ownership of, and get more involved in, Cameroon’s civil registration reform programme (PRE2C) ;
- To present the prospects for the success of the reform led by MINATD and implemented by the BUNEC ;
- To raise awareness among technical and financial partners of the need to support and finance the follow-up to civil registration reform.
Link to the article published by the French Embassy on this event : http://www.ambafrance-cm.org/Tenue-des-premieres-assises-nationales-de-l-Etat-Civil-du-Cameroun-avec-le
The selected earthquake for the EU RICHTER CARAIBES 2017 which should occur during the second half of March 2017, will be close to the historical earthquake that destroyed Guadeloupe and many other northern islands from the Caribbean islands arch February the 8th, 1843. The selected scenario will engage emergency and civil protection services from French, Britain, and Dutch territories as well as countries taking part of the CARICOM.
The exact location of the earthquake and its magnitude and depth will be adjusted to generate global damages on Guadeloupe and territories of other countries associated in the exercise (including Montserrat and Saint Martin), while generating a tsunami of a wide magnitude in the Caribbean Sea. Thereby, this scenario can easily be replayed by other countries from the Caribbean Sea periphery, in order to test their alert and crisis management procedures if a tsunami hits. Like the 1843 seism, the scenario will deeply hit the territories located south of the archipelago of Guadeloupe, without causing too many important damages, enabling Martinique to intervene to support the disaster area.
The objective of this European full-sized exercise, co-financed by the European Commission, is to check the whole chain of operation, organization and commandment of several Caribbean countries, simultaneously victim of a wide earthquake followed by a tsunami, needing the immediate implementation of support teams of riparian countries and member states in the framework of the Civil Protection European mechanism.
The exercise will also test the national chains of command and the European coordination, and will allow to read a strong visibility to the European action in the field of civil protection in the Caribbean area. Finally, it will experiment the coordination between crisis management platforms in the region (sharing information about postures and considered actions), with a possible spread to other main active organizations (i.e. CDEMA agency from the CARICOM).
Civipol is currently supporting the implementation of two important EU-financed civil defence training exercices in the Caribbean and Middle East.
Planned for next fall 2017, the Forest Fire exercise will be organized in Jordan in the framework of a Consortium led by the DGSCGC and gathering Spain and Italy as member states, and Jordan, Israel and Palestine as countries taking part of the Mediterranean partnership. The exercise aims to strengthen the regional operational cooperation when forest fire hit and aims to assess the control system in place fighting this type of natural disaster, frequent in the region. It goes in line with the EUROMED Civil Protection projects and the auto training for reinforced cooperation (2008), with the support of the Union For Mediterranean (UFM).
At the frontier of these three countries, a wildfire of an unusual force is declared, endangering both inhabitants and a sensitive industrial site nearby.
This exercise, co-financed by the European Commission, will test the implementation of the Civil Protection European mechanism when forest fires hit in a “complex” Mediterranean region, including the implementation of Civil Protection intervention modules with specific conclusions on the EU’s capacity in the “voluntary pool” and the additional EU’s framework (Capacity Gaps) in this type of intervention.
Furthermore, prior to this three-day exercise, a two-day “command-post” exercise will structure both Middle East states and member states civil protections. It will allow to better know one another, to engage working on validated common procedures and will enable a consistent operational framework of commitment.
Civipol is currently supporting the implementation of two important EU-financed civil defence training exercices in the Caribbean and Middle East.