Organised Crime: West African Response on Cybersecurity and Fight Against Cybercrime (OCWAR– C)

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The OCWAR-C project was designed to improve resilience and robustness of information infrastructure and re-improve capacities of relevant stakeholders in charge of fight against cybercrime, through a series of different activities and trainings.



The aim of this project is to enhance cybersecurity and combat cybercrime.


The main activities that have been carried helped:

1. To establish a strategic framework that strengthens the technical, operational and analytical expertise of national institutions concerned with cybersecurity

2. To improve cybersecurity awareness and stakeholder empowerment to secure the Internet at national and regional levels

3. To improve the capabilities of handling computer security incidents in two pilot countries

4. To strengthen respect for human rights and the rule of law in two pilot countries

5. To analyze the strategic framework for the implementation of public key infrastructure (PKI) for two pilot countries

6. To improve the legal framework for citizens to take advantage of the digital dividends of an open, free, secure and resilient cyberspace

7. To improve response capabilities to cybercrime cases in two pilot countries


The main activities that have been carried out are:

  • Cyber Patrol (Investigative Techniques on the Internet) 18 – 22 Nov 2019 Dakar, Senegal
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 12 – 20 Nov 2020 Dakar, Senegal
  • Train the Trainers: Digital Forensics Investigation Basics 16 – 20 Nov 2020 Dakar, Senegal
  • Train the Trainers: Digital Forensics Investigation Basics 23 – 27 Nov 2020 Dakar, Senegal
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Workshop 30 March 2021 Burkina Faso
  • Launch of the Awareness Campaign on Digital Hygiene and Cybersecurity and Workshop on the baselines for establishment of a CSIRT 15 – 17 June 2021 Liberia & 24, 25, 28 June 2021 Guinea
  • Methodology Workshop for the establishment of the National CSIRT 1, 2, 5 July 2021 Niger
  • Reflection Workshop : CI-CERT at the service of its stakeholders digital hygiene awareness workshop 23 – 24 Sept 2021 Ivory Coast
  • ECOWAS Mobilization of CSIRTS 5 – 8 Oct 2021 Benin
  • Cybercrime Heads of units regional meeting 9 – 10 Nov 2021 Ghana
  • Awareness campaign on digital hygiene and cybersecurity 22 Nov – 3 Dec 2021 Cape Verde
  • Cyber Africa Forum 2nd Edition 9 – 10 May 2022 Ivory Coast
  • Participation on the EUROP DAY 11 May 2022 Nigeria
  • ECOWAS Regional Cybersecurity Hackerlab Challenge 15 July 2022 Benin
  • Hackerlab 2022 10 – 12 Oct 2022 Benin
  • ECOWAS Cybersecurity Symposium 2022 12 – 14 Oct 2022 Benin
  • ECOWAS CSIRT Week 24 – 28 Oct 2022 Guinea Bissau
  • 2nd Regional Meeting of Heads of Cybercrime Units 23 – 25 Nov 2022 Senegal
  • Training on Financial Investigations, Virtual Currencies and Dark Web 28 – 30 Nov 2022 Senegal
  • Introductory Training Course on Cybercrime For Judges and Prosecutors 6 – 9 Dec 2022 Ghana
  • Financial Investigations, Virtual Currencies and Dark Web 23 – 25 Jan & 30 Jan – 1 Feb 2023 Senegal

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