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12-12-2018: Mombasa, Kenya: The IGAD Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP) together with IGAD Member States are holding a workshop in Mombasa, Kenya to review, evaluate, improve and validate findings and recommendations of IGAD Member State national assessment reports of national Criminal Information System (CIS) and infrastructures aimed at establishing a regional mechanism for law enforcement and criminal justice system cross border cooperation to address the evolving, emerging and existing transnational security threats (EEE-TSTs), an initiative of IGAD SSP.

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26-11-2018, Entebbe, Uganda: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP) will from November 26-29 November 2018 hold a joint meeting with senior participants from security agencies, Foreign Affairs ministries, Immigration and other related offices within the IGAD Member States to revitalize, devise modalities and chart ways forward on how to instrumentalize the Regional Task Force recommendations of 2014 and recognize the ongoing efforts towards the realization of the regional cooperation and coordination platform on transnational security threats in Entebbe, Uganda.

The expectations from the 4-day forum is to draft a Protocol/Agreement on the establishment of the regional Criminal Investigation Services (CIS) and/or the platform roadmap providing a plan of action towards its implementation through coordination and information sharing against Trans Security Threats (TSTs).

During the 4 day meeting, the team will also revisit the findings and recommendations of the Task Force report; review draft report on the assessment of national criminal information system (NCIS) – Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as well as share regional and international instruments of the AU, UN and IGAD on cooperation, coordination and share information on mechanisms on Trans Security Threats (TSTs).

The discussions will also include how IGAD can strengthen regional cooperation, coordination and information sharing as well as give the status on its conventions on mutual legal assistance and extradition and revitalized efforts towards ratification of the treaties.

Through plenary discussions, good practices and lessons learned of selected existing regional and international platforms such as; WAPIS, CARICC, Interpol, Europol, Afripol, CISSA and ACSRT will be considered with different representatives from the different institutions highlighting the process of the establishment, legal frameworks, mandates and services, methods of information sharing, policies and procedures, organizational staffing, success stories/good practices and challenges.

About Regional Task Force

In 2014, IGAD SSP established a Regional Task Force (TF) composed of senior security officials from all Member States (MSs) guided by a consultant. The TF was established and commissioned in line with the decision of the Khartoum forum of experts on December 2013.

IGAD SSP has continued to promote and realize the recommendations of the Task Force and was commissioned the review of national criminal information systems (NCIS) of MSs in view of assessing the technical feasibility of establishing regional criminal information system.


13-11-2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning embarked on a 4-day training for Anti-corruption institutions in its Member States to further enhance the capacity of the institutions to expedite the implementation of the various regional, African Union (continental) and international normative instruments on democracy and governance in order to pave way towards prevalence of peace and security in the IGAD region.

 Under the Peace and Security Division (PSD), IGAD deals with issues of Democracy, Governance, Election and Human Rights (DGEHR) through the Political Affairs Program (PAP) which engages in various activities to achieve its many objectives one of which being; strengthening the capacity of member states democratic institutions.

 A capacity needs assessment carried out in 2017, IGAD was asked to prioritize and focus on capacity building of IGAD Member State institutions that have a mandate on governance while maintaining a balance between the national and regional existing interventions.

 During the opening remarks, Mrs. Legawork Assefa, Acting Director of Peace and Security Division at IGAD and representing the Executive Secretary of IGAD stressed the importance of strengthening capacity through training of anti-corruption institutions for them to implement and carry out the responsibilities entrusted unto them by the IGAD citizens.

 “We need strong anti-corruption institutions to act as watch dogs to contribute to the current efforts by IGAD and the African Union by implementing the regional and continental efforts for Africa not to lag behind in development and to be more transparent, effective and reliable” Mrs Assefa added.

 The Head of AGA Secretariat and Senior Human Rights Expert at the African Union Commission (AUC) Amb Salah S. Hammad reiterated the need to fight corruption collectively or else Africa will not improve or develop for it affects economies and the social fabric.

 “The African Union supports and commends efforts by IGAD and other Regional Economic Communities to fight corruption at regional level complimented with AU instruments for successful implementation” he stated.

 The Royal Danish Embassy is funding a series of training towards promotion of good governance and the fight against corruption in the IGAD region. Denmark was a host to the 2018 International Anti-Corruption Conference and is zero tolerance to corruption. The Counselor, Regional Affairs Dr. Jonas Helth LonBorg pledged continued support to IGAD and the AU towards their Member States achieving the 2018 AU theme of ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption’ in order attain Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

 Dr. LonBorg called upon the IGAD Member States to strengthen their institutions combined with political will by the leaders and work towards changing the social norms and attitudes to fighting corruption. 

 The participants drawn from anti-corruption bodies and equivalent institutions in the IGAD member states will during the 4 day meeting focus on; background to corruption; familiarization of regional, continental and global conventions on anti-corruption; designing campaign strategies for anti-corruption interventions; factors that contribute to the success and failure of anti-corruption initiatives; managing corruption risks; recording and verification of declarations of assets to anti-corruption authorities(lessons learned and best practices); and reporting on anti-corruption in the Framework of African Governance Architecture (AGA).

 At the conclusion of the training the participants will recommit to the Declaration of the year 2018 as ‘African - Anti-Corruption year’ that was first declared at the African Union (AU) headquarters during its 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where AU organs, Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Civil Society Organizations together with citizens (women, men and young people alike) embarked on a journey to address the urgent need to curb corruption which is a major societal flaw causing setbacks in the socio-economic and political development of the continent.