From 5 to 14 March 2014, the ACBC participated in a classroom and full simulation exercise carried out between the governments of Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan which aimed at building their capacities in managing cross-border population movements during crisis situations. Police, immigration departments, as well as the ICRC and the UN were among the course participants.
The ACBC was invited to facilitate sessions on humanitarian border management (HBM). Developed by IOM as part of IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework, HBM is a key element of migration crisis management; it ensures that country’s borders are protected while fully respecting the rights of those fleeing a natural disaster or man-made conflict. Additionally, the ACBC presented on border control and security, border information systems (including IOM’s Migration Information and Data Analysis System – MIDAS) and referral mechanism for vulnerable migrants, such as victims of trafficking and gender-based violence.
Participants were tasked with putting their newly acquired knowledge to practice by resolving and responding to various border scenarios. This course is to be followed up in 2015 with exercises in the field to operationalize the scenarios practiced in the classroom, and thus complete the national emergency plan with full-fledged training and preparedness component.