The 17 members from Kenyan Border Management Committees (BMCs) from Isebania, Mbita and Muhuru Bay Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda borders were trained on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) from 27-30 August 2018. The training aimed to improve coordination among the border operators in Kenya, and operationalize the multiagency BMCs at Isebania, Mbita and Muhuru Bay border point.The training was part of the Better Migration Management programme (BMM) which aims to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to address the trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa. The programme is funded through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF) by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The BMM is supporting the governments in the region to improve the capacities in integrated border management in order to facilitate the easy movement of people among partner states. Topics covered in the training include: Conceptualization and operationalization of coordinated border management in Kenya, experiences and challenges in implementing CBM, irregular migration, goods movement and concealment of contrabands, border community engagement and integrity and effective team building.
“The sessions were enjoyable, interactive and impacted positively on me as a participant. I am willing to learn more on Africa Community and how to handle emerging migration challenges” stated a participant in post-training evaluation form.During the training, a day was dedicated to community engagement in Muhuru Bay and Isebania to achieve a holistic bottom up approach in CBM. The community members were sensitized on free movement of goods and persons, irregular migration and the concept of coordinated border management. The community sensitization involved over 200 people in Muhuru bay and more than 150 people in Isebania, these included men, women, youth, community leaders, transportation sector (boda boda operators), religious leaders and cross-border traders.
The BMCs were able to directly respond to concerns raised by the communities as well as created awareness on the Committees’ role in ensuring that the Kenyan borders are safe. To date, IOM has conducted four other CBM trainings under the BMM programme in different borders including Namanga, Kisumu, Ukunda and Moyale where a total of 84 border officials benefited. Additionally, IOM has organized a Training of Trainers for 23 border officials in Ukunda as well as supported community engagements in Moyale. IOM has further trained 87 immigration officials on document examination and fraud detection, counter human trafficking and smuggling of migrants to improve migration management in the region under BMM programme.