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 Sahel region and identifying solutions.

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

  • Five priority areas of: (i) strengthening border security; (ii) building criminal justice, legal, and judicial cooperation; (iii) police cooperation; (iv) countering terrorism financing; and (v) community engagement.
  • 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 Sahel region. For example, a joint meeting with the CJ-ROL Working Group was held in Algiers in March 2016.
  • 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.

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.