The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme is an international peacekeeping capacity building initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its primary purpose is to contribute towards capacity building within the broader ambit of peace operations at the practical and conceptual level in Africa.
Core programme activities include:
- Training of civilian and police peacekeeping and peacebuilding personnel;
- Applied research, publication and dissemination; and
- Policy development.
Approximately 7000 civilians, police and military – many currently serving in UN and African peace operations – have been trained through the TfP Programme, and about 300 publications have been produced, encompassing research papers, books, reports, manuals, readers and handbooks.
The TfP Programme, which was founded in 1995, works closely with the African Civilian Standby Roster for Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Missions (AFDEM), whose role is to provide the link between training and deployment. Civilians trained by the Programme are placed on AFDEM's standby roster after having passed a thorough screening process. AFDEM also facilitates deployment to UN or African peace operations, UN agencies or civil society organizations.
The TfP Programme is a partnership between:
- The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in Durban;
- The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria;
- The Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra; and
- The Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.