The Global Center and the Cameroon National School of Administration and Magistracy held a third training series for magistrates and civilian administrators on the topic of good governance and access to justice in countering terrorism. The trainings brought together key actors in departments most affected by Boko Haram in the Far North Region. Site visits in Maroua were organized for administrators and magistrates to bring practitioners closer to the realities on the ground and resulted in a set of new recommendations to be considered by the government of Cameroon.
The administrators’ course, centered on the core elements of good governance and their application in preventing crises, included a visit to a camp for internally displaced persons in Kolofata led by the chief and mayor of the commune, Seiny Boukar Lamine. Participants and community members reflected on the role of traditional authorities, the plight of victims, and the experiences of communities in reintegrating ex-associates of Boko Haram. Discussions were also held at the Maison de la Rencontre Islamo-Chrétienne with civil society representatives working with youth, victims, and communities affected by terrorism.
The magistrates’ curriculum included a visit the Cameroonian Institute for Children in Maroua (Institut camerounais de l’enfance de Maroua) to realize the experiences of children in conflict with the law. They also held discussions on peacebuilding efforts with the military commander of the fourth region and head of the Regional Center of the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration.
The course forms part of a training suite for magistrates and administrators confronted with the threat posed by Boko Haram and ISIL-West Africa, funded by the US Government. It follows a set of trainings that were first deployed in Yaoundé, Cameroon, following a training orientation held in May 2018.