ISS/TfP co-hosted KAIPTC/TfP Tracer Study Workshop on Police Pre-deployment Training in West Africa
11 Dec 2015
From the 12-13 of November 2015, ISS/TfP co-hosted a workshop with KAIPTC that focused on the Tracer Study on Police Pre-deployment Training in West Africa. Annette Leijenaar (ISS/TfP Programme Manager) and Meressa Kahsu (ISS/TfP Researcher) attended and facilitated the workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The objective of the workshop was three fold: firstly, to present and discuss the different research findings and recommendations that emerged from four country case studies: Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Secondly, to identify ways in which the research recommendations can be useful for improving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) policing practices in peace operations, and thirdly, to engage policy-makers and other stakeholders on key findings and recommendations of the four country case studies in the TfP policy development and support. The KAIPTC research team interviewed numerous police officers from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso who received KAIPTC pre-deployment training between 2008–2014. The research sought to determine the relevance of the pre-deployment training and identify gaps in order to update and improve training. The research yielded informative qualitative data in each group interviewed. Some of the findings highlighted that the duration of PDT and topics do not match the mission tasks or needs. Some of the recommendations which were proposed was that the PDT should be just in time for deployment and mission specific. This would be difficult to achieve because the UN and AU do not notify the MS in a timely manner of when IPOs are scheduled to deploy.