Capacity Building Best Practices

From 2017 to 2018 SafeSeas conducted a detailed study of the experiences in capacity building for maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean. This let to a range of lessons learned and best practices summarised in the best practice toolkit titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Experience of the Western Indian Ocean”. The toolkit was launched at a 2018  symposium. Other results are available in the a book capturing the experiences from individual countries, articles and a series of blogs and working papers. The project was funded by the British Academy [GF16007].

The Capacity Building Toolkit


News on capacity building

The Limits of Capacity Building: New Video
Capacity building for maritime security is one of the core themes of Safe Seas. When and why capacity building succeeds or fails is the core subject of our recently published book on the Western Indian Ocean and the Best Practice Toolkit. It is also part of our ongoing work in the AMARIS ...
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Book on Capacity Building for Maritime Security published
How can countries step up their maritime security? How can they better tackle challenges, such as illegal fishing, marine piracy or smuggling? How can the international community better assist countries with weaker capacities? A major new book authored by the SafeSeas team addresses these and related questions. The book draws ...
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Into the sea: capacity-building innovations and the maritime security challenge
Safeseas is pleased to announce an article co-authored by directors Tim Edmunds and Christian Bueger, and former Research Associate Robert McCabe, has been published in Third World Quarterly. Titled ‘Into the sea: capacity-building innovations and the maritime security challenge’, the article argues that maritime security capacity-building not only requires further ...
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New article summarises insights from Best Practice Toolkit
What are the challenges in governing maritime security? How can the capacity gap closed through capacity building projects? What guidelines can make such work more effective? These are the questions that the SafeSeas Network explored over the last years, culminating in the SafeSeas Best Practice Toolkit titled "Mastering Maritime Security" ...
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SafeSeas participates in Djibouti Code of Conduct high level meeting in Jeddah
The Djibouti Code of Conduct remains one of the major agreements in the Western Indian Ocean to strengthen regional cooperation in maritime security bringing countries from Africa and the Arabian Peninsula together. Initially only focused on piracy, the Code’s focus area was extended through the 2017 Jeddah Amendments to cover ...
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Discussion of Maritime Domain Awareness in Southeast Asia
One of the core areas work of the SafeSeas' project TOCAS is Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). Asking how MDA can become a fruitful tool for better law enforcement at sea, the disruption of transnational organised crime as well as increased cooperation, the SafeSeas team is developing a guide. On the ...
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SafeSeas presents draft guidelines on MDA at meeting in Durban
SafeSeas presented it's draft guidelines for maritime domain awareness (MDA) at a meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) organised by the Internaitonal Maritime Organisation. At the meeting which was a follow up to the 2018 meeting in Jeddah, the next steps were discussed on how to improve the ...
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Maritime Security in Kenya
This working paper provides a primer to the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in Kenya drawing on elements of the SPIP methodology. It examines the maritime spaces of Kenya, the problems, and challenges facing these spaces as well as the existing legal, policy and institutional frameworks ...
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Capturing Capacity Building
Capacity building is a buzzword of international politics. It is a concept through which very diverse activities geared at assisting countries are described. The Sustainable Development Goals rely substantially on the idea that least developed countries require improved capacities to address poverty and other issues. As Venner notes, “capacity building ...
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Maritime Security in Seychelles
This concept note introduces the SAFE SEAS case study of the maritime security sector in the Seychelles. Drawing on the SPIP methodology, the country profile is introduced, the organization of maritime space reviewed and the core maritime security issues identified by the country are discussed. The Seychelles provides a particularly ...
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