Support to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Title: Support to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Overall term: 2018 to 2021
The civilian, police and military personnel of the African Standby Force (ASF) for peace missions in conflict regions are a key component of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The Ecnomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also contributes to the ASF with its own ECWAS Standby Force (ESF). These forces require highly qualified civilian, police and military personnel for their operations. Every member of the force must demonstrate strong skills in the field of peace and security, especially in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict management and reconstruction in the aftermath of conflict.
Training is provided at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana – one of only three training centres recognised by ECOWAS. The training portfolio includes participation in peace support operations, conflict management and peace and security studies. Thus, KAIPTC is crucial to the development of regional peacekeeping capacities.
GIZ has been supporting KAIPTC in the region on behalf of the German Government since 2006. However, the project still faces institutional and financial challenges to its long-term survival. For instance, KAIPTC needs to meet the demands of its most important stakeholders more effectively and respond more quickly to the constantly changing peace and security situation in Africa. Besides suitably adapted training and research programmes, there is an urgent need for more diverse sources of income.
The existence of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre is secure in the long term.
The project combines organisational development, human resources development and strategic advisory services with financial support. Priority issues have been agreed in the KAIPTC 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan:
- Advice on (needs-based) development, planning, execution and evaluation of training services: including analysing training requirements, promoting the involvement of women and introducing innovative tools for conducting training courses.
- Support for management in cooperating with partners and stakeholders: including organisational development, strategic public relations work, human resources development and the expansion of advisory and coordination services.
- Implementing a funding and acquisition strategy: including the strategic involvement of development partners, sound, transparent financial planning and the acquisition of new funding partners.
Since 2006 – with support from GIZ – KAIPTC has continued to develop its training portfolio, expanded its strategic cooperation with regional and continental partners such as ECOWAS and improved its organisational structures and processes. The Centre has positioned itself as the leading peacekeeping institution within APSA. More than 15,000 participants have attended more than 430 training courses.
With support from the project, KAIPTC developed a new training course for civilians that combines traditional peacekeeping with development approaches (such as human rights or civil, non-violent conflict management).
A new learning management system is currently digitalising central operating processes at KAIPTC (such as course administration, monitoring and evaluation and alumni networking).