This one-week course in Border Security Management will be delivered on a modular basis. It will provide enhanced training and engagement with widely used policy and practitioner analytical tools and models, enabling you to develop your skills and employability.
In Africa, peace and security have been fundamentally intertwined with the good management of borders and the attainment of sustainable development of borderlands. Political and social challenges in border areas often hinder development efforts as well as complicate interventions regarding the resilience and prosperity of communities in national peripheries. The African continent has 109 international boundaries characterized by high levels of porosity. This makes them highly vulnerable to threats such as the spread of terrorist networks, human trafficking, irregular migration, pandemic diseases and piracy. Effective border security is the first line of defence against the movement of terrorists across borders and the illegal cross-border movement of goods and cargo but unfortunately border security capacity in the region is uneven and responses are poorly coordinated. The Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development studies has designed a professional certificate course in Border Management and Security. This course targets individual who desires to gain a deeper insight on the concept of border security management. It aims at enhancing the quality in the management of borders in the sub-region and supports regional initiatives on border management and information sharing and foster the identification and establishment of a network of border security management experts in West Africa.
The overall objective of the course is to equip students with the appropriate effective tools, skills and knowledge in security and border management in the Continent. However, the specific objectives of the course are as follows:
To gain a deep understanding of African borders and border security issues.
To explore the diverse international and regional frameworks on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
To learn about the processes of integrated border management
To articulate and apply knowledge and skills of best practices within the broad realm of border management.
Understand the nature and dynamics of cross cutting issues such as terrorism, cross border crimes, drug and human trafficking
To share, and learn from, peer experiences.
This course is designed for those working or intending to work in security related areas and whose work is associated with development practice or those interested in these fields. Also, the course would be of interest to individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills and move up the career ladder or make a career transition. This course will help to provide an academic context, qualification, core competencies and practical skills that would match their work experience in these fields. The target audience may likely be from the following sectors:
The Armed Forces
Line Ministries, Government Organizations
Private Security Companies
Disaster & Humanitarian Emergencies Managers
Private Sector Organizations those responsible for the Security functions of their organization.
The course will be intensely interactive and delivered through teaching and lectures, seminar presentations, problem-solving and simulation sessions, tutorials and field visits. Digital learning materials such as power point presentations will also be used for teaching.
The course is composed of ten overarching modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Conflict and Border Security in Africa
Module 2: Integrated Border Security Management
Module 3: International and Regional Frameworks on Small Arms and Light Weapons Control
Module 4: Understanding the Dynamics of Drug and Human Trafficking
Module 5: Terrorism, Insurgency and Border Security
Module 6: Elements of Border Control and Cooperation in Africa
Module 7: Intelligence Gathering and Cross Border e- Crimes
Module 8:Border Security in Africa: Challenges & Emerging Issues
Module 9: Migration Management & Border Security
Module 10: Technological Innovation for Border Security Management
The faculty is drawn from experienced professionals in the field; civil society organizations, international agencies and the academia with a view to provide participants with a sound knowledge base, expertise and skills required to effectively confront the challenges of humanitarian assistance in Africa.
Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies, David Mark Road, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.
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Each participant shall be required to pay a course fee of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (150,000) only. The course is non-residential, and participants are expected to take care of their travel expenses. AAIPSDS will provide participants with tea/coffee and course materials during the training.