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.
The Global Center is implementing a certification program designed to strengthen financial investigative and prosecutorial capacities in countering illicit financial flows in Ethiopia. The series of trainings is being convened by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Global Center, and is part of a broader technical assistance program supported by the government of Denmark to assist Ethiopia in strengthening its capacity to counter money laundering and illicit financial flows. Read More
On behalf of the Ethiopian Financial Intelligence Center, the Global Center convened a meeting of over twenty-five representatives from the Ethiopian public and private sector to discuss the findings of Ethiopia’s national risk assessment (NRA) and advance the development of a risk-based action plan in line with global standards. As part of the NRA process, Ethiopia convened seven working groups to research and conduct a vulnerability assessment of key sectors. Priorities based on the analysis and conclusions of the NRA were used to inform the development of risk-based action plans for each working group. Read More
Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions: Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks and Effective Regulation in Uganda
In partnership with the Ugandan Financial Intelligence Authority, the Global Center hosted a three-day training on money laundering and terrorist financing risks and the effective regulation of designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) in Uganda, supported by the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The training focused on sector specific risks for money laundering and terrorist financing abuse, the role and responsibilities of DNFBPs in anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, and good practices for identifying and reporting suspicious matters and strengthening inter-agency cooperation. 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
Following an 18-month consultative process with judges and magistrates handling terrorism and related cases from East Africa and Southeast Asia, this publication offers a series of recommendations intended to inform policymakers and judicial administrators to support the implementation of “The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses” (Hague Memorandum). For each region, an elaboration of the Hague Memorandum offers a more detailed analysis of law and practice, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence with the good practices and identifying institutional actors for their implementation. After a brief overview of the consultative process, this document presents 30 recommendations representing the consensus of the judges who engaged in the process. Read More
A group of Tanzanian lawyers, investigators, and government officials from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, and the Tanzania Police Force participated in a three-day training course on the effective implementation of financial sanctions and asset freezing measures in Tanzania. The course was convened by the Global Center, and facilitated by an expert team with regulatory, investigative, and prosecutorial experience related to asset freezing, confiscation, and management. The training also included a day-long interactive group exercise on money laundering. Read More
On behalf of the Ethiopian Financial Intelligence Center, the Global Center convened a meeting of over fifty representatives from the Ethiopian public and private sector to discuss best practices for the collection, analysis, and presentation of data in connection with Ethiopia’s national risk assessment process. This training was the first in a series of sessions being facilitated by the Global Center to support Ethiopia in finalizing its national risk assessment and focused on conceptual and practical approaches to conducting a national risk assessment, including the importance of statistics and information gathering, from both domestic and international sources, as a vital component to effectively evaluate risk and threat profiles. Read More
Despite the Greater Horn of Africa’s reputation as one of the most conflict-affected parts of the world, the rise of extremist political violence in recent years has led to a heightened sense of insecurity in the subregion. This report provides an overarching survey of the regional and national drivers of violent extremism and other sources of insecurity in the Greater Horn, and provides an overview of responses by government and civil society actors in a subset of countries in the subregion: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Read More
Engaging Civil Society Actors in the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders and Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters
The Global Center on Cooperative Security, in conjunction with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and several subregional partners, has launched a 24-month initiative aimed at strengthening the networks, capacity, and readiness of civil society organizations and community leaders to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorism offenders who have been released from custody, as well as returned foreign terrorist fighters. /// Le « Global Center on Cooperative Security » (Global Center), en lien avec l’« International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague » (ICCT) et plusieurs partenaires sous-régionaux, ont lancé un programme de deux années destiné à renforcer les réseaux, la capacité et le degré de préparation des organisations de la société civile et des responsables communautaires à accompagner la réhabilitation et la réinsertion des combattants terroristes libérés et des combattants terroristes étrangers de retour dans leur pays. Read More
Train the Trainers Session on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Investigations and Prosecutions in Ethiopia
Officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice and the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission participated in a three-day workshop on financial crime investigations and prosecutions. The workshop sought to inform the development of a regional training series for investigators and prosecutors on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) facilitated by the Ministry of Justice, as well as the development and refinement of a practitioner-oriented AML/CFT manual. It brought together a core group of Ethiopian AML/CFT professionals to engage in an active discussion on the legal frameworks and best practices for AML/CFT investigations and prosecutions, as well as case study exercises that explored the practical implementation of these topics within the Ethiopian context. Read More