Peace and security are both a pre-condition and a consequence of sustainable development. In order to provide people with safe and stable living environments, the EUTF for Africa aims to strengthen partner countries' capacities to combat terrorism, trafficking and organised crime, preventing radicalisation and violent extremism while protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Improving security and strengthening national capacity to prevent violence and terrorism is an essential step on the way to building sustainable development. Across the three regions of the EUTF for Africa, more than 1,000,000 people have participated in conflict prevention and peace building activities.
Data provided as available at December 2020.
The EU is supporting IOM Libya’s Community Stabilization programme through local Libyan civil society organisations to restore services and community infrastructure, promote social cohesion and support the regeneration of livelihoods. Over 60 community improvement projects such as rehabilitation of sanitation and water facilities, health centres and public garden were completed for the benefit of local populations, including migrants and internally displaced persons.
The EU promotes social cohesion in Libyan municipalities by improving the living conditions of Libyans, internally displaced persons and migrants through the rehabilitation work of damaged infrastructures (health care centres, clinics, schools and electrical substations). Over 1.500 community members have also participated in social cohesion activities in these municipalities based on a conflict-sensitive approach.
The cultural festival "Tobong’u Lore", means "welcome home". The festival attracts thousands of local and international participants. It gives cross-border communities a platform to celebrate their unique cultural heritage and contributes to peace and regional cohesion.The SEEK project, implemented by PACT provided financial and technical support to this edition of the festival and organized discussions between different ethnic groups. This took place under the EU’s Collaboration in the Cross Border areas of the Horn of Africa programme, which works to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross-border regions.
The programme SECUTCHAD strengthens the security of people and their property, allowing a return to normal socio-economic activities, particularly in lake and river environments targeted by armed groups. It contributes to the restoration of confidence between the internal security forces and the population.
The EU is supporting its partner UNDP’s work on helping local and national authorities fulfilling their role and responsibilities related to community security and stability. In January 2019, the Ministry of Interior launched the construction works of the first Model Police Station in Libya. The Hai Al-Andalus Police Station was selected to be the vanguard of this project, seeking to strengthen the capacity of Libyan security services, and to integrate good practices in community-oriented, citizen focused policing and police organization management under the jurisdiction of the national government.
The Joint Police Programme is financed by the EU, the UK and Germany and implemented by UNOPS. It works to deliver basic policing services in Somalia, including through stipends, training, and purchasing of non-lethal equipment, to improve security and access to justice to the civilian population.
In December 2019, IOM teamed up with Street Art Without Borders to conduct participative street art workshops in key migration areas in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Building on the success of this experience, IOM and Street Art Without Borders will be touring across West Africa to promote social cohesion between migrants and host communities through art.
The SPRS-NU Danish Refugee Council programme trained more than 6,200 community actors on conflict sensitive approaches to land management, over 1,500 local courts’ staff and community leaders on dispute resolution, and more than 1,000 peer educators on gender-based violence in northwestern provinces of Uganda.
Practical training to drive GARSI's armoured vehicles in hostile terrain in Mali. GAR-SI forces are deployed in the G5 Sahel countries and Senegal. They are capable of dealing with all types of threats (terrorism, organized crime, human trafficking, etc.). GAR-SI units are instructed and trained by European gendarmes within the framework of actions financed by the European Union under the EUTF.
The EU is cooperating with UNODC to support the effective dismantling of criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, while at the same time upholding the rights of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable groups.
The EUTF interventions in South Sudan promotes peace building and resilience of the population and implement the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, a coordinated and coherent approach to address people’s vulnerability before, during and after crises.
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