Capacity-building in the West Africa Region

Sahel Region Capacity Building (Sahel) Working Group  Capacity-building in the West Africa Region Working Group

Co-chaired by Algeria and Canada, the Capacity-building in the West Africa Region Working Group promotes regional and international cooperation and provides a venue for experts to discuss capacity-building gaps specific to the West Africa region and identifying solutions.

The current areas of focus of the Capacity-building in the West Africa Region Working Group are:

(i) Countering Terrorist Financing; (ii) Returning FTFs and/or Returning Families of FTFs; (iii) Strengthening Border Security; (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 WA 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 West 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.

Furthermore, the WA Working Group Co-Chairs seek continued cooperation with relevant regional organizations and the G5-Sahel, and alluded to enhanced cooperation between the GCTF and the African Union.

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.