Horn of Africa Enforcement Network (HAW-EN)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is committed to reduce the wildlife crime in the Horn of Africa by strengthening the wildlife enforcement in the region.

Horn of Africa Enforcement Network (HAW-EN)

In recognition of the problems associated with wildlife trafficking in the Horn of Africa, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Freeland Foundation (FF) have jointly developed a comprehensive five-year program to significantly reduce wildlife crime in the region. This builds on the stated desire of the Horn of African countries themselves, who have agreed to form their own Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN). HAWEN members currently consist of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda. The proposed support program, entitled "Africa's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking" (ARREST), exists specifically to assist wildlife enforcement networks. ARREST will provide the tools that are crucial for HAWEN's success, such as capacity-building and law enforcement training, infrastructure resources, community education, regional communication mechanisms, and livelihoods projects.

The partnership proposes to support the HAWEN in its fledgling phase with key staff support and a HAWEN Secretariat, which will act as the regional coordinating body. They will also provide funding for HAWEN member countries' participation in annual meetings and for national outreach efforts. In addition, the partnership proposes to implement select components of the ARREST program to build the capacity of countries to combat wildlife trafficking, including national and regional needs assessments to determine challenges pertinent to each country; anti-trafficking training for law enforcement; national judiciary training; an INTERPOL-led investigation to apprehend wildlife crime perpetrators; and community awareness to build support for the law enforcement activities.


  • The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    From the outset, the founders of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, or IFAW, rejected the notion that the interests of humans and animals were separate. Instead they embraced the...

  • Freeland Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    Thailand | Staff size: 6-25

    FREELAND is dedicated to making the world free of human slavery and wildlife trafficking by increasing law enforcement capacity, supporting vulnerable...

  • African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

    Implementing NGO
    Staff size: 101-250

    The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. Since our founding in 1961, AWF has recognized that Africa’s wildlife...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Uganda
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2019
  • Sectors