Capacity-building in the East Africa Region

Horn of Africa Capacity Building Working Group (HOA) Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group

Co-chaired by Egypt and the European Union, the Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group aims to address terrorism and violent extremism dynamics and requirements in the region by mobilizing 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 current areas of focus of the Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group are:

(i) Countering Terrorist Financing; (ii) Returning FTFs and/or Returning Families of FTFs; (iii) Border Security Management; (iv) Police Cooperation; (v) Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism National Action Plans (P/CVE NAPs); (vi) The Integration of Gender Perspectives in CT responses; (vii) Legislative Frameworks.

Additionally, the EA Working Group is:

  • Encouraging the implementation of the Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (Rabat Memorandum), specifically those good practices relevant to the criminalization of terrorist activities and the use of legal frameworks to promote rule of law-compliant responses to terrorism in the East Africa region.
  • Promoting regional and international cooperation and providing an avenue for civilian counterterrorism capacity-building coordination.
  • Providing a forum for networking and cooperation among a variety of stakeholders to promote dialogue, understanding, analysis-sharing, lessons learned, and collaborative partnerships.

Working alongside and in support of countries in the East Africa Region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen), Local Coordination Meetings are organized throughout the year, with the aim of promoting GCTF Framework Documents, and providing follow-up and assistance on ongoing capacity-building programs and activities in the region.

The GCTF Capacity-building in the West Africa Region Working Group was established in September 2017 to broaden the scope of the previous GCTF Sahel Working Group. The Sahel Working Group was active between 2011 until September 2017, and Co-Chaired by Algeria and Canada.

The Working Group publishes regular Newsletters: