While research, policy analysis and publications are core outputs of a think tank, demonstrating that ideas work in the real world must also be part of an expanding scope for public policy organizations.
The Partnerships in Security and Development program works with our partners to test our public policy solutions for technology capacity building in the field in an effort called Project Ngulia.
While technology is a recognized force multiplier for economic development, and in the last few decades has surged in popularity as a tool to address the most challenging global issues, it has struggled to be proven as a successful tool for building sustainable security in emerging economies. Part of the problem is that too often technological solutions are transferred from developed to developing countries that are too advanced for the environment into which they’re delivered. In addition, many times the high technology sector is unable to connect with the higher priority issues that emerging economies face and are incapable of building long term and innovative financing solutions.
Made possible by a grant from the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund), the Partnerships in Security and Development program is working to mitigate these challenges. With Project Ngulia, we bring our expertise in Natural Security together with a dozen private sector partners in the high technology and telecommunications sectors to find smarter ways of delivering the most impactful tech solutions to combat wildlife crime at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya. The two-year project aims to design and deploy a technology and training solution that secures the sanctuary from poachers. The model is scalable and replicable throughout the law enforcement community, including applications for police, border security agencies and protection of critical infrastructure. In 2015, the Kenya Wildlife Service released a report on our efforts, and you can find more information about the project at its website here. Forthcoming work will scale and replicate this pilot project across a broader array of environmental crime and security challenges.
See the Partnerships in Security and Development microsite for facts about environmental crime and more on our Natural Security work.