CCCPA, UNDP, Switzerland launch new project to combat human trafficking in Africa

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Feb 2024

The Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) launched, for the second time, a project to cooperate with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Switzerland to improve African capacities to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.



The project, which will last from 2023 to 2025, focuses on promoting comprehensive approaches to cross-border challenges in Africa, emphasizing the importance of adapting strategies to specific contexts and ensuring that affected nations take ownership of these efforts.

This requires taking into account the challenges to African security that have forcibly displaced populations, increasing trafficking.

Addressing these would ultimately contribute to the long-term peace and stability of Africa.

During the signing ceremony, Director General of CCCPA Ahmed Abdel-Latif stated that the new project draws on the achievements and insights gained from the previous round of cooperation, launched in 2019, which also sought to address human trafficking. 

“In the same vein, it draws on Egypt’s national efforts and longstanding experience in combatting illicit activities while providing protection to victims in vulnerable situations and particularly women and children,” he said.

He added that the project tackles the interconnected challenges confronting the African continent, especially in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel region.

Similarly, Yvonne Baumann, Ambassador of Switzerland in Cairo, highlighted the project’s timely intervention in strengthening border officials' capacity to effectively respond to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

For his part, Alessandro Fracassetti, UNDP resident representative in Egypt, noted that the CCCPA’s strategies unite stakeholders within African governments, empowering them to engage in prevention efforts, support victims, and enhance international collaboration.

Throughout the years, CCCPA has organized various training programmes on addressing and combatting human trafficking.

Founded in 1994 by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CCCPA specializes in training, capacity building, and research in the fields of peace and security in Africa and the Arab region. 

The board of directors is headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry


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