2014 Annual Meeting of the International Advisory Board of the TfP in Africa Programme
2 Dec 2014
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 Programme was launched in 1995 with the current phase ending in 2015. To further understand the impact of the Programme during this phase (2010-2015), an evaluation of the Programme was conducted and its findings, conclusions and recommendations were presented by the evaluation team and thereafter discussed by all the stakeholders who attended the IAB Meeting together with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The IAB meeting therefore provided an opportunity to engage with the evaluation team in commenting on the 'Building Blocks for Peace: An Evaluation of the Training for Peace in Africa Programme' report. The International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Training for Peace meeting took place on the 13 – 14 November 2014 in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was attended by all TfP Partners, AU and UN representatives together with other key stakeholders. The Norwegian State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen met the board and the partners to discuss the future of the programme. The State Secretary emphasized the Norwegian government’s commitment to continue its support to peace and security in Africa and to work closely with the AU in particular. He added that the Norwegian government takes seriously the observations and recommendations of the evaluation report, and he encouraged critical reflection among the TfP partners and the IAB members. Both the board members and the partners advised the Norwegian government to continue the TfP after 2015. The government will take a decision on the future of the programme early next year based on the advice by the IAB, partners and others. The meeting brought partners and stakeholders together to discuss the current evaluation report of the TfP programme; to discuss the future of the Programme after 2015 and; how the Programme and the partners can enhance the relevance and efforts of the TfP Programme. In addition the meeting sought to review the work done by partners in 2014 together with an analysis of how TfP could enhance its support to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Further, the discussions provided advice on the Programme's engagement in United Nations reform process of peace operations and how to increase the cooperation between the UN and AU in peace and Security. The TfP Partners also had the opportunity to hold a separate internal meeting to discuss their respective organisations' 2015 work plans and the TfP Communication Package. The meeting was held prior to the IAB meeting on 12 November 2014. The Partners further engaged with the representative of the African Union Peace Support Operation Division (AU PSOD) on how to coordinate engagements and align the 2015 work plans with the priorities of the AU. The IAB meeting also discussed future peace operations in Africa, the UN panel review of peace operations and cooperation between the UN and AU in this regard. As a result of the changing security landscape and increased regional focus and responsibilities in Africa, the meeting recommended that Africa be given a clear voice in the review, and that the TfP both gives it support to such increased focus, and in the future cooperates closer with and supports the AU in its work for peace and security in Africa. The meeting also discussed women, peace and security, with an emphasis of how to follow up on the UN SCR 1325. The meeting was briefed by the AU PSOD on current efforts and engagement by the AU, as well as a former Special Representative on Women, Peace and Security to NATO on her experiences from the organization. Both presenters underlined the need for streamlining and institutionalizing the issue of women, peace and security in the organizational work and structures. The AU representative welcomed increased support by the TfP in this area. The full report: Building-Blocks-for-Peace-An-Evaluation-of-the-Training-for-Peace-in-Africa-Programme The Training for Peace Programme is an initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.