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Expertise France (EF)

Expertise France (EF) is the French public international cooperation agency, created as a result of the merger of the six main French technical assistance agencies on 1st January 2015. EF’s purpose is to contribute to the French external action policy on aid, development and economic support, by responding to the growing need for expertise in the developing world, emerging countries and European Neighbourhood countries, and to develop public policies to meet the institutional, economic, demographic, social and environmental challenges faced by these countries. EF operates under the joint authorities of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finances and as such, the agency works exclusively in the public sector. EF also has a leading role in the ‘Operators Alliance’ which gathers all French executive agencies such as Civipol and JCI, (respectively, the agencies under the Ministries of Justice and Interior), and seeks to ensure that French public policies and activities are complementary and coordinated.

Expertise France supports its partners and clients in the implementation of public policies on sustainable development, economic development, public finances, governance, human rights, welfare support, employment and health, as well as those concerning stability, safety and security. The agency puts forward a wide range of programmes to partner countries and other authorities, as well as European or multilateral donors. EF’s ‘Stability, safety and security’ department is a significant component of the agency’s activities: with a budget of 160 million euros in 2016, this department accounted for some 40% of the agency’s activities.

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French Directorate of Cooperation of Security and Defence (DSCD)

The French Directorate of Cooperation of Security and Defence (DCSD) was created in March 2009, and is part of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international development. Its inter-ministerial framework includes the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior. The DCSD is staffed by diplomats, French military and police, as well as experts in civil protection, and manages a network of over 300 experts in technical assistance across 140 countries, with a particular focus on African partners – African countries accounted for 67% of the DCSD’s budget in 2016.

The DCSD is closely involved with State maritime actions in West Africa, through its support to the Interregional Maritime Security Institute (ISMI), located in Abidjan. This organisation aims to provide regional training in maritime security, crisis management and resource coordination. The DCSD benefits from wide-ranging expertise from the French government and works in many areas concerning maritime and port security (police, customs, state action at sea, maritime administrators, etc.).

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Enabel is the Belgian development agency, and as such it implements and coordinates Belgian international development policies. Enabel implements Belgian cooperation programmes in its 14 partner countries, and also makes its expertise available to other donors. Together with its partners, the Belgian development agency seeks to contribute to the global efforts for sustainable development, particularly through activities in fragile states and less developed countries, primarily in Africa.

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Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas Ltd (NI-CO)

In recent years, the Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) has implemented 11 projects financed by the European Union, and following an evaluation of the six pillars by the European Commission, was recently granted eligibility for indirect management of EU initiatives. NI-CO has extensive experience in implementing large-scale multi-national projects in the justice and rule of law sectors, and has also carried out a number of capacity-building projects in the areas of organised crime and financial crime, border management, intelligence-based policing, terrorism prevention and the fight against money-laundering.

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World Maritime University (WMU)

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the United Nations specialist agency.

Created by a resolution of the IMO assembly in 1983, the WMU promotes the objectives of the IMO and its member States, through education, research and capacity-building, in order to ensure safe, secure and efficient maritime transport in clean oceans. The WMU is created by and for the international maritime community.

The University is governed by a Charter and Statues approved by the IMO Assembly and is accountable to the Secretary General, the IMO Council and Assembly, as well as to an administrative council of representatives from some 50 governmental, industrial, trade union and educational sectors. The WMU presents its annual report and budget to the IMO Council and also reports to the biennial IMO session. The WMU has the status, privileges and immunities incumbent to a UN institution in Sweden, and the diplomas it grants are recognised by the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research.

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