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Project ENACT: enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organized crime (2017-2019)

Africa has enjoyed increasing stability and rising economic growth in recent decades, but this has also facilitated cross-border criminal activity across the continent.

To combat the rise of organized crime in Africa, INTERPOL is part of Project ENACT: enhancing Africa’s capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organized crime. Implemented under the umbrella of the European Union (EU) Pan-African Programme, the three-year project (2017-2019) works to mitigate the impact of transnational organized crime on development, governance, security and the rule of law in Africa.

The project seeks to build a comprehensive knowledge base on the role of organized crime in Africa based on monitoring and evidence-based analysis to inform policy decisions, and to boost the skills and capacity of key African stakeholders to better respond to transnational crime threats.

INTERPOL’s role in the project is to assist police in Africa to adopt proactive strategies to combat organized crime threats, facilitate information exchange and improve their investigative skills, through:

  • Criminal analysis training and mentoring;
  • Extending access to INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure global police communications system in selected countries;
  • Providing equipment to targeted countries to set up analytical units;
  • Locating a criminal intelligence analysis at each of the four INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in Africa;
  • Creating a secure analysis platform;
  • Bringing together heads of analytical units across Africa.

The ENACT project is funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL and the Institute for Security Studies, in partnership with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. It is the first development-focused project which covers the entire African continent.

Project ENACT : INTERPOL activities in 2017

Within the framework of ENACT, INTERPOL's role is to assist police agencies in Africa to adopt pro-active strategies to combat organized crime, improve investigations and exchange information.  

The first semester of 2017 was mainly dedicated to the recruitment of INTERPOL’s ENACT staff. The second semester was dedicated to training activities, workshops and promotion of the project during African Chiefs of Police meetings. All the activities planned for year 1 were achieved.

Results and activities for 2017

  • Six criminal intelligence analysis training courses were organized in Africa.
    A total of 110 officers from 18 countries were trained in criminal intelligence analysis in 2017.
  • Regional analytical reports are expected for 2018. Therefore, ENACT’s regional analysts networked at national and regional levels to facilitate the future exchange of information. The other objective of networking was to identify the crime priorities per region. During each regional mission, the analyst met with the Chief of Police, the Head of NCB, Head of CID, Head of intelligence, the EU delegation and other stakeholders such as UNODC, US Embassy. In 2017, 19 missions were organized in Africa.
  • The ENACT team also attended the SARPPCO (Tanzania, May 2017), EAPCCO (Uganda, September 2017)  and CAPCCO AGM (Chad, October 2017) in 2017 in order to promote the project, introduce the ENACT regional analyst and present a recommendation to support the project and the sharing of information.
  • Three intelligence workshops were also organized in the framework of ENACT in 2017 following requests received from member countries.
  • One of ENACT’s planned activities is to help 4 pilot countries, namely Uganda, Malawi, Congo and Niger, to create their own analytical unit to better fight organized crime. This includes providing them with the relevant equipment, training and mentoring as well as an  I-24/7 extension. In order to discuss the details of the I24/7 extension and the creation of an analytical unit in Malawi, Congo, Niger and Uganda, the Chief of police, the Head of NCB and the Head of Intelligence from each country were invited to a meeting in Lyon on 13-14 December 2017. The aim of this meeting was mainly to get the pilot countries to sign a contract, including the obligations of each party during the timeframe of the project and after, as our main concern is sustainability.

Project ENACT: INTERPOL activities in 2017 (PDF)

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