2017 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Africa--Other U.S. Support

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

With funding from the Department of Defense, the United States provided $725,000 for CWD in other African countries. The OHDACA appropriation funded humanitarian mine action activities as well as supplies, travel, equipment, and services in the following countries:

  • Date: 2017 Description: Firearms are destroyed in Ngong, Kenya in November 2016.  © Photo courtesy of the Department of State and RECSA.Kenya: USAFRICOM, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the British Peace Support Training Center, is establishing a regional counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) center of excellence at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi to train EOD Level I/II, PSSM, SA/LW, medical first responder, and various C-IED/IED competencies. USAFRICOM is also working with the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to establish a C-IED unit within the Kenya Engineers. Training for this initiative is taking place in KDF facilities at Archers Post four hours northwest of Nairobi.
  • Namibia: Two training missions were conducted in Otavi, Namibia by the U.S. Naval Forces Africa (USNAVAF). Missions focused on EOD/UXO operations and medical first responder with the National Defense Force (NDF) and Namibian Police. The NDF training center in Otavi is well developed and the cadre is in the process of taking over training from U.S. personnel.
  • Nigeria: In coordination with the British Military Training Team, USARAF and USAFRICOM conducted a policy development visit to synchronize U.S. humanitarian mine action activities with U.S. and British C-IED training. Training and an initial shipment of equipment was provided.
  • Tanzania: USNAVAF conducted two training missions at the Tanzania People’s Defense Force new training site in the Peace Keeping Training Complex centering on EOD and International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).

USAID’s Leahy War Victims Fund supported Handicap International in Mali, Niger, and Senegal to strengthen rehabilitation services, including the provision of assistive products, and provide direct support to persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on civilians affected by conflict.