Strategic advice

EUCAP Sahel Mali advises the Malian internal security forces and relevant departments to implement the security sector reform in Mali. The EUCAP advisors help their Malian counterparts to improve their national strategy for human resources, to modernise management practices and control of their services, and with the successfully recruitment of new staff within the Police, the Gendarmerie and the National Guard.

  • a human resources database
  • an employment policy and staff management database
  • a baseline for staffing
  • a skills-based staff recruitment policy
  • operational management methods to help restore hierarchical links
  • audit and inspection units within the general forces inspectorate

The mission is helping to set up a master plan for training, overhaul initial training (structures and content) and relaunch continuing training.

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The HoM participates in advising the Malian police - © EUCAP Sahel Mali

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The EUCAP Sahel Mali experts provide training for the Malian Gendarmerie, Police and National Guard. In 2015, the mission intends to train about 600 officers and non-commissioned officers from all three forces. The ultimate goal is to train a third of the staff of the internal security forces.

The training will cover subjects such as management and command, professional ethics, human rights and gender equality, intelligence techniques, professional intervention, criminal policing, counter-terrorism and public order. The training is primarily addressed at senior and intermediate staff. Each member of staff will receive individual training lasting 100 hours over 4 weeks.

In order to promote local ownership, the mission will also train trainers who, in turn, will pass on the training outcomes to future trainees. The commanders of the forces select the staff who will take the EUCAP training, with the support of the training advisers.

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Training participants receive their certificate - © EUCAP Sahel Mali

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Cooperation & Coordination

To fully exploit synergies and the complementary abilities of its partners, EUCAP Sahel Mali works in close collaboration with other international and European players present in Mali and with civil society.

For example, training courses and actions are organised jointly with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the EUTM Mali military training mission in order to optimise support for the Malian state.

Civil society plays a fundamental role in supporting the reforms decided on by the government and ensuring they are understood by the population. EUCAP supports the contribution of civil society to designing the reforms, and in parallel civil society brings its experience to the implementation of EUCAP’s activities.

EUCAP also intends to cooperate with Parliament through dialogue with the committees involved in modernising the internal security forces, working transparently with the government. EUCAP’s cooperative actions aim to create a spirit of collaboration in order to set common, consistent objectives and maximise the effect of the external support provided to the internal security forces.

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Civil Society representatives visit a training at the police school - © EUCAP Sahel Mali

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