Supporting the EAPCCO Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence

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About the Project

Sustained terrorist activity destabilizes governments and undermines economic and social development. At the same time, no state can thwart these threats alone. Therefore coordination and cooperation within national governments, and between states and organizations at regional and international levels is crucial to effectively respond to, prevent, and counter violent extremism, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.

UNODC is supporting countries in Eastern Africa under the UNODC Global Programme on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism, and the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2022) and its sub-programme on Terrorism Prevention. Within the framework of the latter, since 2020, with funding from the Government of Germany, UNODC has been implementing a project on supporting the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) and its Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE). The project is aimed at making the CTCoE fully operational and positioning the Centre as a leading thematic hub while supporting states in Eastern Africa to address terrorism, violent extremism, and the nexus with transnational organized crime.


The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

Project outputs

The project concentrates on providing technical assistance, capacity building, and operational guidance to enable the EAPCCO members, the EAPCCO Secretariat, and the EAPCCO CTCoE to effectively cooperate in criminal matters to prevent and counter-terrorism, violent extremism, and transnational organized crime in Eastern Africa through: I) Strengthening the knowledge and capacity of the CTCoE staff, supporting the development and dissemination of high-quality research products, and providing material and digital resources to maintain the fully operational status of the CTCoE; II) Enhance the knowledge, skills, and capacity of law enforcement and criminal justice institutions and practitioners to prevent, and counter-terrorism and transnational organized crime, through capacity building; III) Support regional cooperation and dissemination of good practices on detecting, preventing, and investigating terrorism and related activities, including links to transnational organized crime in Eastern Africa through the development of learning tools and materials, major regional conferences, and support to the regional joint law enforcement operations.


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UNODC Mentoring:
Strengthening gender sensitive criminal justice responses in the Seychelles



As part of the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) project on supporting the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) and its Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE) to prevent and counter terrorism and transnational organized crime in Eastern Africa, UNODC delivered tailored mentoring sessions for law enforcement and prosecutors in the Seychelles. The sessions aimed to strengthen inter-agency collaboration, address challenges, and share good practices to strengthen gender sensitivity and gender mainstreaming in criminal justice responses to transnational organized crime, terrorism, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).