Category Archives: Africa

One size doesn’t fit all

This policy brief identifies 4 scenarios with different implications for police reform in post-conflict situations. Experts stress the importance of taking local circumstances into account, but it is not always recognized — “in mission after mission … training programs have been … Continue reading

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Global coordination against transnational crime

This column by Interpol reports a meeting in Lyon of regional police organizations (AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL) along with the Economic … Continue reading

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Using technology to address gender-based violence

This document reports several projects using mobile technology to improve assistance to victims of gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. In these kinds of situations, “Police are usually neither trusted nor are they able to respond adequately to incidents … Continue reading

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Female peacekeeper training

Rwandan military women serving as peacekeepers in African conflict zones indicate their training did not adequately prepare them to help victims of gender-based violence, as reported here. Their pre-deployment training was not realistic enough and there was an assumption that, … Continue reading

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Countering West Africa piracy

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa has cost $2.3 billion over the last 3 years, according to this article, which reports that “attacks in the region more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all … Continue reading

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8-hour shifts in Nigeria

The inspector general of police in Nigeria has ordered an end to 12-hour shifts, to be replaced by 8-hour shifts, as reported here. In his view, the switch will “aid in enhancing the emotional, psychological, physical and medical well-being of … Continue reading

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International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)

ISSAT, a branch of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, offers “support to the international community to reinforce and strengthen their individual and collective efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states.” … Continue reading

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