SUCCESS STORY: 2 years of collaboration by UNODC & Peace Building Fund in Niger and Mali

11-05-2021

The results speak for themselves: 17 terrorism suspects arrested, 200 civil society actors trained and some 300,000 people reached through community radio in an effort to boost cross-border community dialogue with the security and justice sector.

In just two years UNODC and the Peace Building Fund have strengthened community dialogue  in Mali and Niger through training sessions with key groups and members of the public, particularly actors at the countries’ borders, on the roles and mandates of the Defense and Security Forces ( DSF) and Criminal Justice Actors, as well as on recourse, reporting and referral, and advocacy.

Training sessions to strengthen the capacities of civil society groups, women's organizations, youth organisations and community radios took place in Tillabery (Niger) and Gao et Menaka (Mali) between 18-19 and 27-28 February 2021.

The representatives of the Governor of Gao and the Mayor of Ouatagouna said they were pleased to see about 60 civil society leaders trained in community dialogue for peacemaking, praising the efforts of UNODC. Similar praise was received from the 60 beneficiaries, who felt that with their new skills and knowledge they would be able to play a greater role in security and strengthening social cohesion at the community level .

Other successes recorded on the ground thanks to improved community dialogue was the arrest of in Tera, a department in Niger, of a soldier and three civilians in Teraaccused of rape. The arrests were possible thanks to the coordination between the President of the Tera Court, a G5 Sahel commander and a female DSF who alerted a women's association working on gender-based violence.