The Wayamo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the rule of law, promote international criminal justice and foster transparency through judicial capacity building, mediation and informed journalism.
Wayamo does this by:
• Building the capacity of national judicial systems that address crimes of concern to the international community
• Providing education for legal practitioners, journalists and the public
• Advocating for transparency and accountability, often in post-conflict settings
• Facilitating and supporting dialogue between civil society and government leaders.
OUR CAPACITY BUILDING STRATEGY
What we do
At Wayamo, our core goal is to galvanise domestic justice and accountability by equipping investigators, prosecutors and judges with the necessary specialised expertise and skills needed to address international and transnational organised crimes. In states where the ICC has jurisdiction and is undertaking preliminary examinations or official investigations, Wayamo conducts its workshops in line with efforts to achieve complementarity.
Training is provided by a handpicked mix of international, local and regional experts drawn from international organisations, ranging from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations to hybrid and ad hoc tribunals, and national jurisdictions. Trainers bring with them experience and knowledge from the realms of both academia and practice.
How we do it
The model of our capacity building workshops is based on the conviction that law enforcement agencies, prosecution authorities and the judiciary, all need to work in an integrated fashion –from collection and preservation of key evidence through to the use of that evidence in the courtroom. Bringing these actors together to work and train in a practice-oriented environment is what makes our model unique. It is a holistic approach that spans the entire judicial chain, from investigators to prosecutors and judges, and allows participants to develop and improve their skill sets in interactive workshops that focus on practical exercises and case scenarios. Our programme is thus ultimately designed to enhance inter-agency collaboration at both a national and a regional level. Furthermore, each workshop targets ongoing and emerging crimes reported to be of increasing concern and/or relevance to the participant countries, e.g., trafficking, cybercrime, money laundering, wildlife offences, and sexual and gender-based violence.
Through stimulating inter-agency co-operation, we seek to deliver and, if possible, expedite genuine domestic justice and accountability for international and transnational organised crimes.
The quality and impact of our programming has been recognised by key partners and institutions. Indeed, Wayamo’s capacity building workshops for Nigerian investigators and prosecutors were specifically cited in the Preliminary Examination Report of the Office of Prosecutor of the ICC in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, a number of trainees have subsequently been promoted to join specialised prosecution units in Nigeria and Kenya alike. Following Wayamo’s training and encouragement, joint investigation teams, made up of Wayamo-trained investigators and prosecutors were formed to tackle a series of terrorism cases in Kenya.
Trainees have shown themselves to be committed to Wayamo programmes in the certain knowledge that, rather than monetary remuneration, their reward will come in the form of “knowledge gain”.
Wayamo views the inclusion of specific train-the-trainer programmes as indispensable, in order to empower trainees to transfer knowledge to their colleagues and thereby ensure that the impact of training resonates beyond and long after the holding of a workshop.
Based in Berlin, the Wayamo Foundation is a non-profit organization under German law. Its legal form is a registered charitable gGmbH (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung). This status is granted by the German tax authorities to organisations whose sole purpose is to contribute to the common good without seeking profit. Registered charitable associations enjoy certain tax privileges and are subject to regular audits of their governance and finances.
Wayamo was founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, and began by training journalists and editors in conflict sensitive reporting on justice and accountability issues in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda. From its beginnings, Wayamo consisted of African, European and Latin American staff, with deep expertise in investigative journalism, international criminal law, and conflict sensitive reporting.
Owing to experiences gained through years of journalistic training on international criminal justice issues as well as strong networks of international judicial experts, in 2012 Wayamo expanded into judicial capacity building, beginning with advice and training for the International and Organised Crimes Division in the High Court of Kenya.
At the same time, the Wayamo Team expanded to include legal, academic, research and multimedia expertise and the organisation’s headquarters moved to Berlin, Germany where it was legally reestablished as Wayamo gGmbH (non-profit enterprise) on 27 February 2014.
In 2015 Wayamo launched the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, an independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates experts.
The Africa Group supports efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing cooperation between Africa and the International Criminal Court. The Wayamo Foundation is the group's secretariat and convener.