The International Peace Support Centre (IPSTC), in collaboration with the Spanish and Dutch Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs under the Spanish-Dutch Training Initiative on Gender in Operations, has organized a 'Gender Perspective in Peace Support Operations: A Comprehensive Approach' course. The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) supported the training through facilitation of sessions in the one week course, that was held in Nairobi Kenya from 27-31 October 2014. This support contributed to the adequate preparation of the civilians, police and military officers from the East African Region as well as from other regions of Africa who are expected to be part of the capabilities of the Africa Standby Force (ASF) ahead of the Full Operation Capability in 2015. TfP/ACCORD's strategic goal aims to strengthen the African Union's capacity and capability to plan, manage and implement peace support operations on the continent through support to the development of the ASF – Africa's future peace operations standby capacity.
The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) was requested by the African Union (AU) to attend the Consultative Workshop on the African Union Draft Aide-Mémoire for the Consideration of Issues Pertaining to the Protection of Civilians on 8 July 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Department of Peace and Security and the Department of Political Affairs organised the workshop, with the support of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the auspices of the strategic partnership between the AU Commission (AUC) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, hosted the workshop to review the draft Aide-Mémoire on the Protection of Civilians (PoC).