Terrorism is something that every country faces at some level or another. In third world countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia the problems with terrorism and border control can be deadly on a daily basis. While these countries have limited resources, they knew that something must be done to ensure the communities safety.
The ICPAT, also known as IGAD Capacity Building Program against Terrorism, was created in 2006. The purpose of this group is to make the continent of Africa a little safer for quality of life. While the IGAD does a great job dealing with disasters and drought, they were not beneficial in helping with a major problem in African, terrorism. During a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan back in 2002, they knew that something must be done to change the border control and terrorism for the people’s sake.
In 2006 ICPAT was launched as an effort to help control the areas.
The entire goal of the ICPAT is to simply teach people to resist terrorism on a national level. They promote security continent wide but mostly focus on Eastern Africa, where the crime and terrorism seems to be at record levels.
The main goals of the ICPAT is to improve border control, step up legal support, enhance interdepartmental involvement, provide training to those to educate against terrorism and to also provide alternative cooperative method solving.
They try to gain a harmonious atmosphere by educating with counter terrorism training. They also have special classes for law enforcement to teach them to counter terrorism and educate on the grueling effects of terrorism on the common man.
This group is headed by a Steering Committee, which also includes members of the IGAD group. While terrorism still is a main problem in these areas, the ICPAT is hoping that with continuous training and education they can make a difference. Border control is at its highest levels of security ever especially in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The need for a group like the ICPAT in these areas is essential for the common mans’ survival.