A Unique Partnership

The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme is an international capacity building Programme funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Programme is based on a unique North-South-South cooperation. The current partner institutions are the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).

Senior officers
Senior officers in the African Union Mission in Somalia listen to a lecture during a three-day course on Mediation, Coordination and Humanitarian Intervention in Mogadishu, Somalia, on December 4 (AMISOM Photo)

Since 1995, the programme has worked, through civil society institutions, to strengthen civilian and police capacity for United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peace operations. With its focus on training, rostering, policy support and applied research, the TfP Programme has contributed actively to placing the multi-dimensional aspects of peacekeeping on the agenda, including issues related to the protection of civilians and women, peace and security.

Darfur
Rodolphe Adada, African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), addresses a meeting on the assistance for the residents of Silea in Western Darfur, following the recent attacks in the area (UN Photo/Sarah Hunter)

In its new phase (2016-2019) the TfP Programme will strengthen its partnership and collaboration with the African Union, by providing applied research, policy support and capacity-building. The overarching goal of the TfP programme is to contribute to enhancing the capacity of the AUC and of its collaborative partners within APSA and AGA, to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts and promote stability in Africa.

Working collaboratively with the AUC, the TfP programme will seek to achieve the following key outcomes:

  1. Strengthened applied analysis of the security environment in Africa, and
  2. Strengthened capacity to develop strategies and responses to security challenges in Africa.