NABOCADO Empowers Border Protection Monitors to Safeguard Asylum Seekers Along Ghana-Burkina Faso Border

The Good Governance, Justice and Peace directorate of NABOCADO, organized a highly beneficial capacity training session for border protection monitors from communities along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border in the Upper East Region.

This significant training initiative was made possible through the UNHCR-Caritas Ghana Project, a collaborative effort between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Caritas Ghana. The project is being implemented by NABOCADO, the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, renowned for its remarkable contributions to humanitarian causes.

The training session was a vital component of the project’s comprehensive approach to address the pressing issue of Burkinabes seeking asylum in Ghana. These individuals have been forced out of their homes due to the relentless attacks perpetrated by violent extremists in Burkina Faso. Recognizing the urgent need to provide assistance and support to these displaced individuals, the project aims to offer a humanitarian intervention that ensures their safety and well-being.

The primary objective of the training, held on a Monday, was to equip the border protection monitors with upgraded tools and skills essential for effectively carrying out their crucial duties. These dedicated monitors play a pivotal role in monitoring and reporting on Burkinabes seeking asylum, particularly those who first arrive in the border communities.

During the training, the monitors were provided with comprehensive presentations on Border Protection Monitoring and Reporting. These informative sessions covered various aspects, including the identification of potential asylum seekers, the documentation of their cases, and the reporting procedures necessary for their protection and support. Additionally, the monitors received thorough training on the utilization of Kobocollect, a cutting-edge data gathering tool that enables efficient and accurate information collection.

To further enhance their capabilities, the monitors were also presented with brand new smartphones. These devices will serve as invaluable aids in their critical work, enabling them to gather and transmit vital information promptly and securely. Equipped with these upgraded tools and skills, the monitors are now better prepared to fulfill their responsibilities in monitoring and reporting on Burkinabes seeking asylum.

The capacity training session was a success, empowering the border protection monitors with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to carry out their duties effectively. This initiative exemplifies the unwavering commitment of NABOCADO, the UNHCR, and Caritas Ghana to promote peace, justice, and humanitarian assistance in the region. Through our collective efforts, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for those forced to seek asylum, ensuring their rights and well-being are protected.

CRS Holds Workshop for NABOCADO, NADMO Staff on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Project

The Catholic Relief Services, CRS has held a one-day start-up training workshop for staff of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO and the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, on planned relief services in the wake of increasing crossings of displaced persons from Burkina Faso into Ghana.

The training is geared towards the implementing planned activities under a project dubbed the Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response Project.

As part of efforts to mitigate the plight of over 3,000 displaced persons, CRS has secured a USD100,000 support fund from the William J. and Dorothy K O’Neil Foundation to continue with relief services in the Upper East region of Ghana.

The project follows emergency response donations by CRS and NABOCADO in December 2022, as protracted attacks on their villages by armed militants groups have led to Burkinabes crossing into Bawku, Binduri, and Bawku West Districts in small groups daily.

The Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project according to a presentation by the Head of Office at CRS in Tamale, Akanpabadai Timothy Amang-bey seeks to mainly provide registered refugees with Cash for Food, improved Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services by building 30 toilets units as well as identify and register new persons for future support.

• To increase understanding of both staff and key partners on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project strategic direction, strategies and interventions, compliance requirements, and project roles and coordination mechanisms.
• To Identify roles and responsibilities and build necessary partnerships for the smooth implementation of the Sahel Coastal Crisis
Emergency Response project.
. To work with partners to develop Detailed Implementation Planning (DIP) of the Sahel Coastal Crisis Response Project with realistic timelines and budgets.
• To discuss logistical requirements and arrangements, and ensure staff and partners are well informed about the Project’s strategy and way forward.