CGCC’s cross-cutting East Africa Program focuses on building partnerships among governments, civil society, the private sector, and local communities to prevent terrorism and violent extremism while strengthening the rule of law and protecting human rights across the greater Horn of Africa.
Since 2008, CGCC has worked closely with key stakeholders at the international, regional, subregional, and national levels to foster the establishment of a legal regime effective against terrorism and to encourage greater cooperation among law enforcement and judicial bodies in East Africa and the greater Horn region. This work includes enhancing regional and national capacities on issues such as cross-border investigations, open source analysis and information sharing, noncoercive interrogation techniques, and community policing. CGCC’s East Africa Program builds bridges between communities and national institutions to inform sustainable approaches to security that helps underpin holistic social and economic development according to local needs.
CGCC’s East Africa Program also focuses on enhancing national and regional frameworks on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) issues in the greater Horn region. Working with the UN, the Global Counterterrorism Forum, and a cross-section of international and regional AML/CFT bodies, CGCC works to build a platform for cross-border dialogue among financial intelligence officials in East Africa and Yemen and their international counterparts. Through policy discussions facilitated by CGCC, regional practitioners convene to share best practices and develop innovative solutions to shared concerns, such as a balanced approach to regulating Somali remittance organizations, and crafting AML/CFT solutions in the context of cash economies.
This project aims to mitigate threats of violent extremism in Kenya and Nigeria by empowering youth leaders to address the grievances that can lead to violence. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of youth leaders and youth-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) through workshops and trainings and by deepening existing networks of young civil society leaders, and forging new partnerships within and between Kenya and Nigeria to support peer-to-peer information sharing and country exchanges. The project will also facilitate small grant assistance and in-kind support to local CSOs to implement new or ongoing innovative CVE programming at the grassroots level. Read More
The Global Center, Oxfam America, and the Somali Money Services Association co-hosted a roundtable on the issues of derisking, anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism, and Somali remittances. The event, which was hosted in coordination with the office of Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, included representatives from the Federal Government of Somalia, Somali money transfer operators, and U.S.-based civil society and policymakers on Capitol Hill. Participants noted that as Somali money transfer operators lose their bank accounts, Somali families lose their only formal and transparent channel through which to send money. As a result, transfers to Somalia have increasingly moved from wire (monitored) to cash, driving some legitimate flows underground to unregulated channels. Read More
The Horn of Africa Civil Society Organization Hub seeks to create a “network of networks” for national and regional CSOs and other community actors such as academics, religious leaders, and community representatives. It will provide a platform to discuss national and regional priorities and challenges, share expertise and best practices, consolidate research to better identify regional trends and dynamics, and support and facilitate ongoing efforts to strengthen peer relationships and CSO engagement with national governments, regional organizations, and donors. Read More
Engaging Civil Society Actors in the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Individuals Associated With and Affected by Terrorism
The Global Center, in collaboration with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and the Youth Arts, Development and Entrepreneurship Network East Africa, convened the second of three regional meetings developed to support civil society actors’ role in the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals associated with and affected by terrorism. Supported by the US Department of State, the regional workshop brought together over 20 representatives from civil society and academia across the Greater Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and Tanzania) to discuss the current rehabilitation and reintegration landscape in the region. Read More
Strengthening Ethiopia’s Capacity to Counter Money Laundering and Illicit Financial Flows – Program Update
The Global Center continues to support Ethiopia in countering money laundering and illicit financial flows as part of a 24-month capacity building program supported by the government of Denmark. The program is implemented in partnership with the Ethiopian Financial Intelligence Center, the Federal Attorney General’s Office, and other key stakeholders. During the first half of 2017, the program has focused on supporting expanded engagement with regulatory and investigative authorities, drafting of guidance related to enhanced due diligence for high-risk jurisdictions and proliferation financing sanctions, and conducting a desk-based assessment of international best practices and legal frameworks related to the establishment of an asset management bureau for frozen or confiscated assets. Read More
Addressing Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risks for New Financial Technologies in Tanzania
In partnership with the Tanzania Financial Intelligence Unit, the Global Center hosted a two-day training course on money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with new financial technologies in Tanzania, supported by the government of the Netherlands. The training focused on understanding the technology and risks surrounding pre-paid cards, bitcoin and blockchain services, and the mobile money sector. Read More
Somali Delegation Visits Northern Ireland for Discussions on Community Policing and Restorative Justice to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism
The Global Center facilitated a one week-long study visit to Northern Ireland for a delegation of civil society leaders and senior police officials from Somalia. The visit was organized as part of an EU-funded project that aims to support the development of a nationally owned, accountable, and integrated Somali security architecture and to enhance stability and security in Somalia. Read More
Improving Financial Supervisory Measures in Uganda on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks
In partnership with the Ugandan Financial Intelligence Authority, the Global Center hosted a four-day training course on improving anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures for supervisory authorities in Uganda. The training, supported by the Government of the Netherlands, focused on the role of banking, capital markets, and insurance sector regulators in implementing AML/CFT measures and their new responsibilities in that regard. Read More
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) and the City of Dakar convened the first SCN regional practitioner workshop in Dakar, Senegal. The two-day workshop, organized by the Global Center and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, brought together city representatives across East and West Africa to share ideas, lessons, and good practices in developing and implementing local initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism. Read More
Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions: Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks and Effective Regulation in Tanzania
In partnership with the Tanzanian Financial Intelligence Unit, the Global Center hosted a four-day training course on money laundering and terrorist financing risks and the effective regulation of designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) in Tanzania, supported by the Government of the Netherlands. The training focused on sector-specific risks for money laundering and terrorist financing abuse, the role and responsibilities of DNFBPs in AML/CFT, good practices for identifying and reporting suspicious transactions, and developing guidance notes for each specific industry. Read More