For the last 5 years, MForce, our automated biometric identification system (ABIS), has been deployed by UNSOM in Somalia, with the latest phase of the project now up and running. The below is the latest press release from UNOPS and UNSOM showing how MForce is being used to assist the Somali Federal Government:
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) train Somali Custodial Corps
MOGADISHU, March 2015 - The United Nations has provided human resource registration and management skills training to a team of Somali Custodial Corps as part of efforts to strengthen the integrity of the registration systems of the country’s security institutions.
The training, conducted in Mogadishu between 1 and 5 March, aims to strengthen human resource systems within the Custodial Corps that were destroyed following decades of civil war. Human resources and registration are part of the United Nations support to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS] as it strives to make its security institutions more transparent and accountable.
“It is about transparency of public funds to ensure that salaries from the Federal Government of Somalia to individuals are paid correctly and in line with national policies,” said Stephen Cox, a corrections officer for the Joint Justice and Corrections Section of the UN’s Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group. “This programme and equipment will help the Somali Custodial Corps build a more functional, transparent system for human resources. It will allow the Custodial Corps to register all their staff and to understand their demography”, added Cox.
The project is funded by the Bridging and Inception Programme managed by UNDP and facilitated by UNSOM.
The Collaborative working, using comparative advantages has enabled a smooth roll out of the human resources and registration system in the Somali Military, Police and Custodial Corps. It is anticipated that registration of the Custodial Corps officers at Mogadishu Prison will begin next week.
One of the trainees from the Somali Custodial Corps, Sa’dia Hassan Ali said: “We have got machines that can easily identify eyes and fingerprints. Photos of prison personnel and their names will be checked together - corruption is over.’’
The human resources database registers all the details of employed staff and biometrically identifies them through fingerprints and retina scans of both eyes. This prevents registering the same person twice and gives the FGS a full picture of the demographics of its security services.
‘’What we studied here is an advantage for the disciplined forces, especially the Custodial Corps. Furthermore, it will help us register people's details instantly. This will eliminate the same people getting paid by three or four sources” said Salim Abdulaziz Abdalla from the Somali Custodial Corps.
Cox explained that UNOPS will mentor the trainees for the first few days, who would then register all of the Custodial Corps staff in Mogadishu. Thereafter, UNSOM will facilitate registration in the regions until all Custodial Corps staff in Somalia are registered.
It is anticipated that the FGS and Custodial Corps will benefit from having an accurate database of all its employees and relevant information about them. That would be useful for workplans, budgets, recruitment and training.
You can read the original post on the UNSOM Facebook page.