Danish Maritime Security Programme for the Gulf of Guinea (DMSP) III
Integrated Responses to Threats to Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) Maritime Domain in West and Central Africa (2022 – 2026) This project builds on DMSP II (2019-2021) ‘Enhancing Regional Research, Capacity Building and Convening of Stakeholders Towards a Safer Maritime Domain in the Gulf of Guinea’ which focused on promoting a shared understanding of maritime norms, and fostering collaboration and cooperation across Gulf of Guinea states to enhance maritime security and safety in the region. Likewise, this 5-year project employs the combined tools of research, dialogue and capacity building to further deepen collaboration, coordination and pooling of resources to effectively address maritime security in the GoG region. Targeting coastal states in West and Central Africa, the project equally focuses on; deepening the engagement of women and vulnerable groups in maritime security; examining the nexus between land and sea based crimes as well as strengthening the reporting role of the media in promoting maritime security the GoG. This project is supported by the government of Denmark. Follow link for more information: https://kaiptc-danishmaritimesecurityproject.org/
Danish Maritime Security Programme for the Gulf of Guinea (DMSP) II
Enhancing Regional research, Capacity Building and Convening of Stakeholders towards a Safer Maritime Domain in the Gulf of Guinea (2019 – 2021) The project seeks to galvanize disparate avenues, channels and options towards a sustained response to the challenges of maritime insecurity in the region. This is achieved through building technical and institutional capacities, promoting shared understandings and collaborative decision making within the context of managing maritime security threats in the GoG. With support from the Danish government, the project has contributed to 10 research publications, 5 international dialogue series and trained over 180 actors. Click for more information: https://kaiptc-danishmaritimesecurityproject.org/
Strengthening Response Capacities of State and Civil Society Actors in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Coastal States in West Africa (2021 – 2022)
The project seeks to responds to the growing threat of terrorist expansion from the Sahel to coastal countries in West Africa. It aims to improve the capacities of state institutions and civil society organizations in Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism in coastal states by promoting inter-agency and cross-country collaboration, information and intelligence sharing as well as contribute to knowledge generation. The project contributed to strengthening the capacities of over 70 state and civil society actors in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism. It equally produced a research paper on: Beneath the seeming resilience: Assessing Ghana’s Vulnerabilities to Threats from Violent Extremist Groups. The project is supported by the Government of Japan with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Maritime Security Capacity Development for Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea (2020-2021)
With support from the Government of Japan and with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this project seeks to develop the technical capacities of maritime related crime control security agents in Gulf of Guinea maritime Zones E and F i.e. Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. A total of 94 maritime crime control officers from maritime zones E and F benefitted from a capacity building course on Maritime Crimes and Prosecutions. Also, a stakeholders’ consultative dialogue meeting was undertaken to ensure transparency and multi-country support to the project’s implementation. Additionally, a research paper titled: Maritime Criminality in West Africa: Setting the Periscope on Maritime Zones E and F was published to contribute to policy making on understanding the nature and dimensions of maritime piracy, armed robbery at sea and other related maritime crimes affecting maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea,
Strengthening Border Control Capacities against Extremism and Terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel
The project seeks to enhance the capacity of security sector personnel on Border Security Management with a special focus on extremism and terrorism. Accordingly, two courses have been ran for participants across West Africa in Accra, and for security sector actors in Mali, respectively.
Project on Conflict Mapping and Stress Resistance
A comprehensive study of four ECOWAS countries was undertaken to map out the sources of conflict and resilience in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire in the Manor River Union, and Niger and Senegal in the Sahel region of West Africa. The reports from these country studies formed the basis for engaging the ECOWAS Commission and representatives of national governments from ECOWAS member states to re-ignite discussions on the development of national Infrastructures for Peace (I4Ps) in the sub-region. The project envisages further engagement with the ECOWAS Commission and other stakeholders to support and develop capacities for mediation in the region.
Improving Response Capacities to Terrorism in Peacekeeping Theatres in Africa
This project seeks to develop the capacities of peace support operations’ personnel to effectively respond to terrorism within their host nations. Towards this goal, the project will organise a policy level seminar to assess the status of terrorism prevention training for peacekeepers, conduct a scoping study on terrorism prevention components of police and troop contributing countries and develop guidelines and a course for preventing terrorism for peacekeepers and pilot this course.