Peacekeeping at ACCORD

The Peacekeeping Unit sits within the Interventions Department at ACCORD, alongside the Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Training Units. Its main goal is to ensure a multi-dimensional and integrated approach to peace operations on the continent. It has a dominant programme - the Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme, funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has been in existence since 1995. The TfP Programme's primary purpose is to significantly improve the civilian capacity of African states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) / Regional Mechanisms (RMs), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to prepare, plan, manage and monitor multi-dimensional peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in Africa. This is done through a combination of training, applied research and policy development, towards:

  • building civilian capacity for AU and UN peace operations;
  • contributing towards the development of a multi-dimensional and integrated approach to African peace operations;
  • assisting the AU and the RECs/RMs in the development of the civilian structures of their standby forces and PLANELMs; and
  • creating awareness on the civilian dimension of the ASF.

The Peacekeeping Unit, and its TfP Programme, have contributed to both UN and AU peace operations on the continent through training, policy development and research. It has contributed to: increased capability and professionalism of UN Civil Affairs; the development of a strategic framework on protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping operations; clarifying the peacekeeping-peacebuilding nexus; and enhancing civilian capacities. It has specifically focused on civil affairs, and has conducted research to understand the specific context and needs of Civil Affairs Officers. The Unit conducts specialized tailored in-mission conflict management training courses and supports the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Peacekeeping Best Practices Section (PBPS) in the roll out of the Civil Affairs Skills Training Methodology. It has also developed a Civil Affairs Handbook (launched in April 2012) that serves as a reference guide for (Civil Affairs) Officers in the field.

At the AU and Regional Economic Communities (REC) / Regional Mechanisms (RM) levels, the Peacekeeping Unit and its TfP Programme have contributed to the African Standby Force (ASF) Civilian Dimension Project for the development of the ASF – Africa's future peacekeeping capacity. Specifically, the it has been part of the development of: the AU ASF Civilian Dimension Policy Framework; the AU ASF Civilian Dimension Implementation Plan; the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Standby Force (SSF) Civilian Dimension Policy Framework; the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Civilian Dimension Policy Framework; the AU Conduct and Discipline Concept Note; recommendations on the Staffing, Training and Rostering (STR) of the ASF Civilian Dimension (Kampala Report); recommendations on the ASF Civilian Standby Roster (Dar es Salaam Report); the ASF Civilian Dimension Book; and the ASF Civilian Dimension Job Descriptions.

Noting that the capacities and capabilities needed at sub-regional, regional and the global levels within multi-lateral organisations, like the RECs/RMs, AU and UN, resides within Member States, the Peacekeeping Unit and its TfP Programme now also focus attention and efforts at this level to increase awareness and understanding of the civilian dimension, as well as the multidimensional and integrated approaches of peace operations. Thus, the Peacekeeping Unit and its TfP Programme are focusing on, and encouraging Member States to increase, multidimensional and integrated capacities and capabilities that can be utilised to match the needs, and appropriate response for, peace and security related engagements on the African continent.

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TfP/ACCORD builds capacity for Peace Support Operations

As a training Centre of Excellence and a member of the African Peace Support Trainers' Association (APSTA), the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region recently hosted Corrections/Prisons Officers for training on Peace Support...

02-07-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD attends the Training of Trainers on Civil Society and Security Sector Engagement for Human Security

The concept of human security, which draws from, the freedom from fear, freedom from want, and freedom to live in dignity, is crucial to peace operations. In this light, TfP/ACCORD attended a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Civil Society and...

02-07-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP strengthens African Standby Force Mission Support

ACCORD in collaboration with the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), hosted a Mission Support Training Harmonisation Workshop from 4-7 May 2015 in Durban, South Africa. The workshop sought to build on the Civilian Peacekeepers Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya, 2-5 December...

19-06-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP participates in the development of an AU Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration manual and compendium

To build on the successes of the past, knowledge must be captured and transferred. This applies equally to sensitive areas such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. In a key step towards the development of an African body of knowledge, the...

19-06-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in IAPTC Executive Committee meeting ahead of 2015 IAPTC Annual Conference

As current Civilian Chair of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) Executive Committee, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in the 2015 IAPTC Executive Committee Meeting that brought together a small group...

05-06-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD support ongoing AU African Standby Force focus on the civilian dimension

ACCORD continues to work with the African Union in its focus on developing the civilian dimension of current African peace support operations. Through its Training for Peace Programme (TfP/ACCORD), ACCORD supported the recent AU African Standby Force (ASF) Civilian Dimension...

05-06-2015 in Peacekeeping

Gender Perspective Training by ACCORD for Peace Support Operations on the Continent

"Gender sensitive peacekeeping leads to more effective peacekeeping", according to Col. Fernando Izquierdo, who directed a recent course on Gender Perspective in Peace Support Operations, supported by ACCORD's Training for Peace (TfP) programme.

05-05-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD support African Standby Capacity Integrated Human Resource and Database Training Course

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) have been developing a civilian standby roster since its conceptualisation in 2010. To date, significant progress has been made to improve the roster in order...

09-04-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD attend 2015 TfP AGM in Olso

The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) have participated in the TfP Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Oslo, Norway. The AGM's purpose was to highlight the TfP Programme's main achievements and developments in 2014, and present...

02-04-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in expert workshop on impact of peacekeeping training on peace and security in West Africa

The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in an Expert workshop on Impact of Peacekeeping Training on Peace and Security in West Africa. The workshop forms part of a research on peacekeeping training which was...

10-03-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD supports African Regional Consultation Seminar on UN Peace Operations Review

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon established a 17 member High-Level Independent Panel in October 2014 to undertake an assessment of the state of UN peace operations, and the emerging operational needs of the future" 'Understanding the relationship between the...

06-03-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP co-hosts experts’ roundtable on developing a Conduct and Discipline Framework for the AU PSOs

Since its establishment, the AU has played an increased and expanded role in addressing conflicts in the African Continent, including in Darfur, Burundi, Mali, the Central Africa Republic and Somalia. As part of its intervention, the AU has developed policies...

20-02-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in United Nations Protection of Civilians Course

The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in a United Nations (UN) Protection of Civilians (PoC) Coursefor civilian, military and police personnel who are serving, or may potentially serve in peace missions. The course helps...

10-02-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP ACCORD seminar on the future of African peace operations from 2015-2025

The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has co-organised and participated in the Seminar on the future of African Peace Operations. Noting that African peace operations have developed a great deal over the last decade, partnerships with...

22-12-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD co-organizes roundtable with Regional Economic Communities & Regional Mechanisms on Civilian Rostering Processes

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) in collaboration with the African Union (AU) has organized a Roundtable with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) & Regional Mechanisms (RMs) on Civilian Rostering Processes. The roundtable sought to generate recommendations on how...

10-12-2014 in Peacekeeping

2014 Annual Meeting of the International Advisory Board of the TfP in Africa Programme

The goal of the Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme is to build sustainable African civilian and police peacekeeping capacities that are needed in order to implement multidimensional United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peacekeeping mandates. The TfP...

02-12-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in 2014 IPSTC annual research symposium

The International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) is a training and research institution, focused on capacity building at strategic, operational and tactical levels for peace operations within the context of the African Peace and Security Architecture. As an organisation that...

28-11-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD trains on the Gender Perspective to Peace Support Operations: A Comprehensive Approach

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 organized the Gender Perspective in Peace Support Operations course: A Comprehensive Approach....

12-11-2014 in Peacekeeping