Peace and security in Africa: supporting the Tana Forum

Project description

Title: Support to the Tana High-level Forum on Security in Africa
Commissioned by: German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Country: Member States of the African Union (AU)
Lead executing agency: African Union Commission (AUC)
Overall term​​​​​​​: 2021 to 2022

Dr Yonas Adaye Adeto, Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), talking to the Ethiopian President, Sahle-Work Zewde, at the Tana Forum in 2020


Nearly one third of all violent conflicts worldwide in 2020 took place in Africa. The reasons for this include the proliferation of Jihadist groups, increasing social divides, organised crime and political crises. These problems are causing local, national and regional destabilisation while endangering security and human rights. At the same time, there is a huge increase in the number of regional and international stakeholders involved, many of which are not incorporated into the established continental structures.

The African Union (AU) and its member states have therefore affirmed in their strategy documents their intention to prevent crises and further develop the Africa Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The annual Tana Forum provides an important platform for this.


APSA actors and governmental, economic and social decision-makers can make better use of the Tana Forum to provide impetus for the continent’s foreign and security policies.


The project supports the Secretariat, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University, in preparing and implementing the annual editions of the Tana Forum.

The project promotes the strategic coordination between the IPSS, the Tana Board, the Ethiopian Government as well as with the African Union Commission.

Last update: October 2021

Hanna Tetteh, Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), at the Tana Forum 2020

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