The Clearing House is a global mechanism that aims to connect countries’ cyber capacity building needs with those who can offer support.
Through the GFCE Working Groups, the GFCE plays a ‘match-making’ role; effectively matching country, private sector and civil society donors and implementers that can provide key capacity building services with countries that request assistance.
The Clearing House
- Avoids duplication of efforts by leveraging existing initiatives and expertise in cyber capacity building.
- Improves efficiency of cyber capacity building delivery programs through coordination.
- Increases knowledge sharing on cyber capacity building best-practices between stakeholders.
- Deploys tailor-made approaches that respond to the local context of requesting countries.
- Promotes a demand-driven approach for the implementation of cyber capacity building initiatives.
The GFCE provided The Gambia an opportunity to connect, network and contribute to the global cyber capacity building community. The GFCE facilitated the Gambia’s Clearing House request by playing a matchmaker role and plays an instrumental role in informing the Gambian Representatives on global expertise and developments. This positively impacts how the Gambian Representatives are leading and coordinating cybersecurity activities in the country.Mr. Sanusi Drammeh, Principal ICT Officer, The Gambia
The GFCE has supported several Member countries build cyber capacity through the Clearing House tool, including:
- Tunisia and Sierra Leone with the drafting of their National Cyber Security Strategy
- Senegal with setting up a CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) and their national CIIP framework
- The Gambia with cybercrime legislation
How it works
During the preparatory phase, GFCE Member countries submit requests for support in one, or more, of the CCB areas. The requests are shared with the GFCE Working Groups who serve as a marketplace for the most up-to-date offers of support on the respective themes and topics.
Following the process of identifying existing resources and expertise, the GFCE may convene a “Friends of (requesting country)” meeting, a coalition of GFCE Partners and Members with the necessary capacity to support. During this coordination phase, requesting countries are given the autonomy to choose implementers, as well as the responsibility for decisions relating to the process and results. In the final phase, requesting countries work directly with GFCE Partners and Members to implement chosen initiatives, and are awarded the responsibility for decisions relating to the process and results.
Submit a Clearing House request
Requests for the Clearing House can be submitted by existing GFCE Members or potential GFCE Members. A formal request for support from the GFCE Clearing House must be submitted to the GFCE Secretariat at email@example.com. The request must come from a high-level national representative with the political mandate for cybersecurity. The GFCE Secretariat will be able to guide you with the next steps on the Clearing House process.
Please note that at this time, we are only able to provide support to Members and Partners of the GFCE Community.
Provide support to the Clearing House
If you are able to provide funds and expertise, please get in touch with the GFCE Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to earmark your funds for a specific project with a thematic and/or geographical focus, please include this information in your email.
For further enquiries about the Clearing House, please reach out to Jaqueline Pateguana, Clearing House Coordinator, at email@example.com.