The U.S. Department of State
The United States Department of State, through both the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Bureau of African Affairs (AF), advances good governance and peace and security, prerequisites for sustainable economic development and the protection of natural resources. Since 2017, INL has committed over US$7m to African Parks to provide critical core support, and enabled the professionalisation and effectiveness of our law enforcement across the African Parks’ portfolio, especially in Chad, Central African Republic, Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, and Benin. They have supported leadership development and core training infrastructure. Through INL support, intelligence units have been established in every park, to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement operations, and for regional and national collaboration with other security and conservation partners. These interventions are enhancing parks’ capacity to counter poaching and wildlife trade, promoting regional stability and the security of neighbouring communities.