Adoption of training manuals against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

This activity was funded by Germany.

Gendarmes and police officers play a leading role in the fight against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. Experience in recent years, especially in the Sahel region, has shown that the support for training curricula for police and gendarmerie training schools is one of the most sustainable, comprehensive and long-termed solution to counter the ways in which criminal organizations operate in the region.

From 6 to 8 November 2017, UNODC organized a workshop in Dakar, thanks to the contribution of the Government of Germany. During this event, instructors of the Police and Gendarmerie Academies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger validated and took ownership of the training manuals on the fight against trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. Under the coordination and supervision of UNODC, the instructors worked on the design and animation of the training programs and modules contained in the manuals.

The workshop methodology emphasized on sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned through a participatory, inclusive and gradual approach. The objective of the workshop was to contribute to strengthening the strategic and operational capacities of the units in charge of combating trafficking in persons in their respective countries. At the end of the session, national trainers from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger validated the final versions of the initial and continuing training manuals on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, and defined the future training modules for both field units and senior officers.

The participants during the opening ceremony of the workshop in Dakar.

Since May 2015, the Heads of the National Police and Gendarmerie Academies from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger that met in Ouagadougou, have worked closely with UNODC to elaborate and draft a training syllabus on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling. As a result, capacity-building activities were conducted on similar model in each of the three States.

These include trainings of trainers' workshops, which brought 20 instructors drawn from the police and gendarmerie academies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, to be trained on the fight against trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, for a total of 60 instructors trained. In each of the Academies, UNODC experts also conducted tutoring activities along with the designated instructors, to support them in the delivery of the first training courses (in Mali in May-June 2017, in Burkina Faso in September 2017 and in Niger in December 2017).

These trainings, as well as the organization of an evaluation mission within National Academies, highlighted the need to equip training schools with training manuals adapted to the sub-regional specificities in this area.

Within the framework of its Regional Program for West Africa (2016-2020) and the Sahel Programme, UNODC supports the strengthening the capacities of law enforcement and criminal justice officers in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption.

For more information:

UNODC Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa

Definitions and tools on human trafficking and migrant smuggling

UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Contribution of UNODC to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Sahel Programme