UNODC trains G5 Sahel law enforcement officers in Mali on understanding and analyzing the jihadist doctrine

This activity was funded by Denmark

As the country most affected by this terrorist threat, a first UNODC training on the jihadist doctrine took place from 18 to 21 April 2017 in Bamako, Mali, and focused on improving trainees' analysis and understanding of the jihadist doctrine.

Organized in the framework of UNODC's support to the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform' - PCMS, 23 officers from the Malian security services participated in the training, including elements from the Special Investigation Brigade on combating terrorism and transnational organized crime, State security services, intelligence services and prison administrations.

This training, designed to be replicated in the four other G5 Sahel countries, pursued the following objectives:

  • Sensitizing trainees on the importance of knowledge of this doctrine in counter-terrorism strategies. Experience has shown that countries that have succeeded in combating terrorism are those who have mastered the jihadist ideology, and are better equipped to monitor the perceptible and invisible signs of radicalization;
  • Explaining the history of the jihadist doctrine by focusing on the basis of its intellectual construction, in particular the two strategies consisting in the decontextualization of Qur'anic texts and the misuse of the meaning of their words;
  • Initiating trainees on perceptible signs in the behavior of certain persons and on understanding their meaning, which can attest of the degree of impregnation of the doctrine, and of the probable lean towards violent extremism;
  • Raise awareness on the legal utility of such knowledge and on the possibility of using it in proactive actions through the notion of criminal association.
Group photo of the participants after the workshop

UNODC had the honor of welcoming, during the opening and closing ceremonies, the G5 Sahel focal point Mr. Chérif Hamidou Ba, the Director of the integrated national program for the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime Mr. Souleymane Coulibaly, and the State prosecutor within the specialized judicial unit, Mr. Mahamadou Samaké.

UNODC has been working closely with the G5 Sahel since its creation in 2014. It participated in the drafting of the agreement on the organization and the functionning of its PCMS, and on equipping its premises in the five Member States. In November 2015, Security Ministers of the G5 Sahel states signed an agreement on the creation of a police cooperation mechanism under the name of 'G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform' - PCMS .

In January 2017, and at the request of the same ministers, UNODC submitted a support programme for the operationnalization of this platform. The programme functions around several pillars, including strengthening the capacity of local security services to address cross-cutting threats in the region, and terrorism in particular.

The support programme presented by UNODC in January 2017, aims to improve operational capacities and levels of information exchange among G5 Sahel members in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. This support is provided under the Sahel Programme, UNODC's Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS).

For more information:

The G5 Sahel

Recommendations of the expert meeting

Training workshops in Ouagadougou et N'Djamena in February and March 2017

UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Contribution of UNODC to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Sahel Programme