What are the objectives of the TfP programme?
The TfP focuses on training, rostering, policy facilitation and applied research. The programme has placed at the heart of its objectives to actively contribute to placing the civilian and multi-dimensional aspect of peacekeeping on the agenda, including issues related to the protection of civilians and women, peace and security. The overall goal of the programme for its new phase is to contribute to enhanced capacity of the African Union (AU) and its collaborative partners, as appropriate, to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts and promote stability in Africa.
Through its objectives, the TfP programme seeks to achieve the following key outcomes in partnership with the AU: Strengthened applied understanding of the evolving security environment in Africa; and Strengthened capacity to develop strategies and responses to security challenges in Africa.a
What are the achievements of the TfP programme since its inception?
Peacekeeping is an essential tool in the management of international peace and security. The TfP programme has managed to equip peacekeeping personnel situated in peace support operations with adequate training that contributes to their skills and competency. In 2011, ACCORD provided training courses such as the Civil Affairs Skills Training Course, as well as a Training-of-Trainers, which focused on raising the capacity and professionalism of UN Civil Affairs Officers.
Further, the TfP programme has also played an active part in creating forums where policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from both the UN and AU can interact and inform each other of their reasoning and motivations. This has proven to be essential as it has contributed to the development of appropriate guidance and policy frameworks that have fostered the successful implementation of peacekeeping mandates. Since 1995, TfP programme has trained thousands of people (police officers, civilian specialists and military), conducted several researches and developed policies with its partners.
How is the TfP programme Funded?
The TfP Programme is funded and coordinated by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more about TfP, please see Conflict Trends Issue 2, 2015.