At the invitation of the Danish Foreign Ministry, CGCC Co-Director James Cockayne briefed the EU Council’s counterterrorism configuration on possible counterterrorism strategies for East Africa. Cockayne highlighted the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Security Sector Program and CGCC collaborations with IGAD on the ground over the last four years. With the region going through a period of sustained but fragile growth, he emphasized the need for a coordinated strategy among donors, linking counterterrorism efforts to regional growth, and development based on the rule of law. Programming, he argued, should focus on confidence building, institutional strengthening of police, financial intelligence unit arrangements, human rights protections, and long-term, mutually accountable partnerships between donors and local actors guided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Paris Principles. With numerous external actors engaged in the region, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum, strategic coordination among donors will be key.
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