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New Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa launched

30.01.2019  10:45
During last weeks’s EU-AU ministerial in Brussels, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, launched a new phase of the Danish regional Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Horn of Africa 2018-2022.

The Programme supports African and international actors’ efforts to promote peace and stability, combat violent extremism and terrorism, prevent transnational organised crime and irregular migration flows, and strengthen maritime security.

The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, states:
"Our support for stability, peace and security in the Horn of Africa is central to the whole region's positive development, but also to our own security and welfare, and to the safety of our companies in the region. The new Peace and Stabilisation Programme supports the ambition of the Government's Foreign and Security Policy Strategy 2019-2020 to prevent and counter violent extremism and irregular migration. The best way to protect ourselves is through international engagement and cooperation. This programme demonstrates Denmark’s commitment to support peace and stability in the region – for the benefit of both Africans and Danes.”

The programme specifically targets Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia with support to quick impact projects in areas recaptured from Al-Shabaab, women’s and youth’s participation in peace and reconciliation efforts, rehabilitation of former Al-Shabaab fighters, as well as countering money laundering, terrorist financing, and international organised crime.

The Danish Minister of Defence, Claus Hjort Frederiksen states:
“With this new phase of the programme we continue our important cooperation with African and international partners for capacity building of defence and security forces in the Horn of Africa. The aim is to enable and further enhance regional and national armed forces in handling challenges to peace and security including the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean. The cooperation includes support for the Eastern African Standby Force, training of Eastern African military forces ahead of deployment to Somalia as a part of AMISOM, and close cooperation with the Kenyan Navy.”

The new programme comprises initiatives totalling DKK 223 million for a four-year period from mid-2018 to mid-2022. The programme is funded by the Whole-of-Government Peace and Stabilisation Fund to which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence contribute.

Read the full Minister's Speech here


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