Purpose

The Discussion Forum is an interactive blog, where registered KMP users to comment on items posted, and to engage in conversations on subjects of interest.  The Discussion Forum has four thematic areas that mirror the four overall thematic areas defined by the BMBC Project.

  • Border Communities & Human Security: how to involve Sahelian border communities in border management, in line with the AU’s draft Border Management strategy; how best to ensure open but secure borders that work for local people in terms of human mobility as well as formal and informal cross-border trade;
  • Border Communities and Human development: how to transform transport corridors into economic corridors in order to ensure a human development dimension to regional economic integration processes; where and how to promote local area development planning aligned with proposed infrastructural improvements;
  • Migration for Development: how the Sahel countries can seek to better regulate and organise human mobility across borders for the purposes of regional economic integration and sustainable human development; how to best address migration challenges as both origin and transit countries;
  • Border Management in the Sahel: what is the current process of the border management policies in the 5 Sahel countries, where are the international donors involved in raising the capacities of the border agencies? What is the level of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) applicability in the Sahel Region? Good practices of international, inter-agency and intra-service cooperation.

Forum Users

Only registered users (Community of Practice) will be able to upload comments.  Key groups of stakeholders to the KMP can be categorised as follows:

  1. Staff of border agencies, local or national Government with an interest or responsibility for border management;
  2. Civil society representatives from the G5 countries, particularly those from the selected transnational border regions of the BMBC Project;
  3. Representatives of trade associations and chambers of commerce; road hauliers and freight forwarders; bus, train and airline operators; other private sector interest groups or companies  with an interest in cross-border trade and transit;
  4. Students, universities, research organisations and other academic institutions concerned with the development of border management as a discipline, or its application in a particular country or on a particular border;
  5. Staff and consultants of UN Agencies, international NGOs, donors and other actors engaged in border management or related sectors in the Sahel (or potentially elsewhere).

Registration Procedure

For registering into this Forum, 

a) Fill-in the registration form:

(organisation/agency/authority, title, first name, last name, e-mail address, www of your organisation, user name)

For privacy purposes and freedom of expression, the user can register with a pseudonym.

The gathered information will not be publicly disseminated and will be kept in the ICMPD register in line with the Data Protection regulations.

b) Tick on the box to agree to respect the general rules of this forum. 

c) Submit the form of registration (please allow up to one working day to process the registration)

d) Receive a password in your mail box 

General Rules

User of the forums must not:

  • Send offensive or harassing material to other users;
  • Publish defamatory and/or knowingly false material about any person, other users or entities;
  • Publish or otherwise reveal confidential information, including sensitive information and information relating to border management and security,  policies, staff, and/or internal discussions relating to any entity;
  • Undertake deliberate activities that undermine the purpose of the Knowledge Management Platform
  • Introduce any form of malicious software into the community.
  • Plagiarize or violate copyright, database, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal or proprietary rights of any kind. (Users will generally need the explicit permission from copyright owners of any existing articles, news reports, music, video clips or other copyrighted material before posting them)
  • Publish anything containing unlawful, objectionable, disruptive, offensive, harassing, threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, abusive, hateful, inflammatory, profane, racially offensive, sexually offensive, or religiously offensive content. 

Contributions must not:

  • Promote illegal behavior, contain violent or sexually explicit material or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) terrorist acts, copyright infringement or computer misuse.
  • Misrepresent their origins. Contributions and/or user names may not be used to impersonate any other person, to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person, or to give the impression that they emanate from the UN when is not the case.
  • Involve in any flooding, spamming or advertising. (Flooding is when the same comment is posted over and over in the same forum; spamming is the posting of the same comment (or very similar) to more than one forum.)

Please be respectful and civil to other members, even if you disagree with them. Debates should be productive and founded on constructive criticism.

All postings to these forums must be related to capacity building for an efficient implementation of the Border Management and Border Communities project in the Sahel. 

Postings on these forums are available to the registered users only and will not appear in public search results. Accordingly, users should not post personal details or information that should not be publically available.

Users who violate these rules and contribution guidelines will be sent a warning message by the moderators identifying the issue at stake and notifying them of its removal. Users who repeat offenses after receiving warnings will be banned from the site.

If you reasonably believe that any contribution to the platform made by another user contravenes this Code of Conduct and/or any of the Website Terms, please notify us via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rules for effective use of the forums:

Reads and search before you post: Your question might have already been addressed in another similar posting. Avoid starting unnecessary new topics, and add your question or point of view to existing topics where possible.

Use meaningful topic titles: The titles of the topics you start should be meaningful to other users, both now and in the future. Be aware that other users decide to read your topic, only based on the information provided by you in the topic, so be complete, precise and accurate.

Remember your audience: These forums are restricted to the registered users, and should not contain any personal information. Do not publish anything here you would not want to be made public. Since these forums will be online for a long time, please remember that anything you write here can still be found by anyone even a long time from now. 

Be polite: Challenge arguments, not people, write your postings in a professional manner. Do not “shout” (making excessive use of capitalization or exclamation points or other excessive text formatting options)

Respect the core values: Integrity, Professionalism and respect for diversity. Any postings violating these values or containing language that does not respect these values will be removed immediately. 

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