Co-chaired by the European Union and Turkey, the Horn of Africa (HOA) Capacity Building Working Group aims to address terrorism and violent extremism dynamics and requirements in the region by mobilising adequate resources. It provides a forum for information exchange, networking, and cooperation among a variety of stakeholders to promote dialogue, understanding, sharing of analysis and lessons learned with a view to build collaborative partnerships in and for the region.
The Working Group has recently expanded its focus from P/CVE and Youth to the role of law enforcement within the context of counterterrorism. Strengthening rule of law-based CT investigations and prosecutorial capacity, the financing of terrorism and the FTF phenomenon constitute some of its other priorities. At its last Plenary Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6 April 2017, the HOA Working Group elaborated inter alia on the following:
- The assessment of current trends and developments in the region, including progress made in legislation, police and justice cooperation as well as national and regional P/CVE strategy development;
- The possibility of holding dedicated workshops to present the GCTF Life Cycle of Radicalisation Toolkit to HOA policy makers and practitioners;
- Further consolidation of local coordination groups in eight HOA countries, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Somalia, Tanzania, and Yemen. Sudan has been added recently as the eighth country of focus of the working group;
- Further cooperation and synergy by involving the three GCTF-inspired institutions - GCERF, Hedayah and IIJ - as well as ISSP and IGAD CVE Centre to facilitate implementation of GCTF tools and good practices in the region.
Please also see the GCTF HOA Working Group Newsletter in English and French – a new regular publication that aims to promote GCTF and GCTF-inspired institutions and raise awareness regarding their activities in the region.