UNODC convenes first consultative meeting on the inclusion of human trafficking courses at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education

Lusaka, 17 February 2020 - UNODC in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) convened a one-day consultative meeting to discus and develop a road map for the development of a sustainable capacity building programme on human trafficking to be offered at ZIALE.

This activity is part of a joint project of UNODC with the Government of Zambia funded by the United Kingdom, named " Strengthening the implementation of a comprehensive response to trafficking in persons in Zambia". Under this project UNODC has continued to provide technical assistance to Zambia towards programmes aimed at combating human trafficking.

The meeting brought together 15 Government Officials in charge of training and staff development and officials from ZIALE. The consultative meeting was officially opened by Mr. Tembo Bernard- Assistant Director (Administration) in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr Tembo emphasised on the need to have sustainable human trafficking training programmes to maintain high levels of capacity among first line officials in the civil service considering the high rate of staff turnover. The team from ZIALE was led by its Director and Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Ann Malata-Ononuju. Mrs. Ononuju said the initiative was timely and in line with the ZIALE policy on the provision of short professional course in different fields.

This meeting is a response to continued calls by stakeholder for the introduction of short professional courses in institutions of higher learning as way to sustain capacity building programmes beyond the life span of the projects.

This project contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on the strengthening of peace, justice and strong institutions.