Support to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

Project description

Title: Support to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ghana
Lead executing agency: Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Overall term: 2015 to 2018

Context

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is one of only three training centres of excellence in West Africa recognised by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. As part of the African Peace and Security Architecture, KAIPTC provides training for civilian, police and military personnel in areas of conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution, preparing them for their duties in regional and continental operations, such as Peace Support Operations (PSO) and Election Observation Missions.

KAIPTC has received German support since it was established in 2004. Since 2006, this has involved a regional cooperation project with GIZ, with whose assistance the Centre has developed a strategic plan to ensure its long-term sustainability while strengthening its position as an institution.

During this time KAIPTC has continued to develop its training portfolio in a demand-oriented manner. It has expanded its regional cooperation with relevant partners and strengthened its organisational structure and processes. These steps have significantly increased the Centre’s competitiveness. The current strategic plan for 2014-2018 builds on these successes.

Objective

KAIPTC steers its training course portfolio in accordance with the current strategic plan (2014-2018).

Approach

The project combines financial support with process, management and organisational advice. The cooperation focuses on the following areas:

  1. Continuation of the Organisation Development process: this enables KAIPTC to work more efficiently and effectively, and to position itself better in the African market for peacekeeping training.
  2. Further development and integration of the Learning Management System: using an alumni platform, a database, e-learning activities, course management and monitoring and evaluation, the project is improving the Centre’s internal processes and external communications. Advice in this area is also provided by an external consulting company.
  3. Systematic development of relations with relevant partners, such as ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).
  4. Development of a course portfolio management system: the project supports KAIPTC in orienting its training course portfolio more closely to the needs of its client organisations.

Results

With the support of the project, KAIPTC has been able to expand and improve its cooperation with various client organisations, including ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations. Since then, the number of civilian experts deployed in PSOs who were trained at the Centre has increased significantly. One example is the course ‘Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration’, in the development, implementation and reviewing of which, both the UN and the AU were involved from the outset. Consequently, both organisations are very familiar with the content of the course, and they have come to see KAIPTC as a competent partner. They therefore send more trainees to KAIPTC courses, and cover the course fees.

KAIPTC has also responded to the current need for experts for the UN PSO in Mali. With GIZ support it has developed a training course on human rights, which is now part of its standard portfolio.

The Centre has developed and adopted a Gender Policy, according to which women are now specifically targeted for participation in KAIPTC courses. Gender issues are also being integrated into the curricula of all courses. KAIPTC is currently the only specialised training centre for ECOWAS to have such a Gender Policy.

In line with the Monitoring and Evaluation system now in place, KAIPTC now carries out its activities according to results-oriented work plans, which it evaluates on a quarterly basis. KAIPTC’s own staff also regularly undergo training.

Thanks to the new Learning Management System, all the important processes at KAIPTC, such as data management, course administration and alumni networking, are now web-based and have been standardised and simplified.

Ghana. Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) © GIZ

The Organisation Development supported by GIZ, and the joint planning meetings and conferences held with ECOWAS and other actors have substantially improved KAIPTC’s market position. KAIPTC has now developed into a key intermediary within the African Peace and Security Architecture.