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Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum Process and AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK)

The overall objective of the action is to reduce the number of incidents of human trafficking and people smuggling through an enhanced regional capacity to better track and share information on irregular migration flows and associated criminal networks, and to develop common strategies and shared tools to fight human trafficking and people smuggling. This will be achieved through the establishment of a Regional Operational Centre (ROCK), which will support the collection, exchange and analysis of information, support joint investigations and enhance the coherence of national and regional legal frameworks.

Main objectives

The intervention logic of the project is that in the context of the Horn of Africa, the sharing of information on irregular migration and associated criminal networks amongst the countries of the Khartoum Process is a conditional requirement to address transnational crime. The primary focus of the Regional Operational Centre, which will be developed to support this cooperation, will be human trafficking and people smuggling. Greater cooperation between the countries of the region to gather, share and analyse information, in accordance with relevant international and regional principles and standards, will lead to better and more informed decisions on migration management. This will result in more effective joint approaches to prevent and fight transnational crime. It will also protect victims of trafficking and smuggling. This is in line with the declared aim of the AU-HoA Technical Working Group on Law Enforcement, whose mandate is to conceptualise and develop a mechanism for information exchange and sharing.


Interpol - Civipol 

EUR 5 000 000

Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum Process and AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK)

Action Fiche

2 MARCH 2023
Region and Country
  • Horn of Africa
  • Regional Horn of Africa
  • Improved migration management
  • Interpol
  • Civipol

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