CGCC, in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Capacity Building Programme Against Terrorism (ICPAT), concluded the third seminar in a series designed to strengthen law enforcement cooperation in East Africa. The seminar, entitled “Community Engagement to Counter Terrorism,” focused on community, civil society, and media engagement for the purposes of effective counterterrorism cooperation. It brought together law enforcement, military, and judicial officials from around the region and civil society representatives from Kenya, Somaliland, Japan, and the United Kingdom to share best practices and develop innovative thinking.
Participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda examined lessons learned from public engagement, critical incident management, and community policing strategies. In sessions led by expert practitioners, they exchanged ideas regarding effective cooperation between governments and diverse communities on matters of security and justice in local, national, and regional contexts. Each IGAD member state presented a briefing on their country’s community engagement policies and practices in the counterterrorism context. Participants concluded the seminar with group-based problem-solving exercises and discussed options for taking forward a proactive agenda on community engagement in the region.
The meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives from the IGAD region. Representatives from the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance and the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention also presented briefings on their extensive work with communities in the region.