Project G5 Sahel

INTERPOL supports the countries of the G5 Sahel Joint Force in combating terrorism through the efficient exchange of data in an intense, time-sensitive environment.

This support is delivered through a programme called “Integration for Impact: INTERPOL and G5 Sahel Joint Taskforce – Police Component”.

G5 Sahel is an institutional framework for coordination and regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in West Africa, established by five African states: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Within the G5 Sahel, the Joint Force was created in 2017, in response to the terrorist attacks in the Sahel and the Sahara. Further coordination at regional and national level is ensured through the Security Cooperation Platforms (PCMS, in French “Plateformes de Cooperation en Matière de Sécurité”).

The programme draws on and consolidates several INTERPOL projects and activities:

  • Military to law enforcement data exchange (Mi-Lex) − bringing battlefield information to frontline officers
  • Biometric data – sharing facial images and digital data on foreign terrorist fighters and other individuals linked to terrorism in order to improve identification (Project First)
  • Chemicals and explosives – enhancing the flow of data among law enforcement agencies on known or suspected entities involved in the unlawful use of chemicals, explosives materials and improvised explosive devices (Project Watchmaker)
  • Data processing and consolidation – exchange of information between the G5 Sahel Police Component and INTERPOL NCB to support the processing of information into structured datasets
  • Criminal analysis – development of an intelligence model and cross-country networks of analysts in each of the G5 Sahel countries
  • Access to databases – enhance the connectivity of frontline officers to I-24/7 to enable fast checks against INTERPOL databases.