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.

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