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TfP provides support towards development of African Union Stabilisation Guidelines
29 Jan 2024

29.01.2024: Since the inception of processes to develop Stabilisation Guidelines for the African Union, the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme has provided technical and financial support towards this critical endeavor.

The development of the Guidelines was inspired by the significant successes recorded in the stabilisation of the Lake Chad Basin through the AU-supported Regional Strategy for the Stabilisation, Recovery and Resilience of Boko Haram affected areas in the Lake Chad Basin.

To harness and institutionalise these gains, the AU Peace and Security Council, at its 1010th Meeting held on 19 July 2021 (PSC/PR/COMM.10 2021) requested the Commission “to accelerate the development of a policy on stabilisation as an effective tool using the LCBC model to inform the design and development of similar mechanisms for stabilisation operations on the continent”.

From supporting the engagement of a Consultant, to providing expertise for the development and reviews of drafts, and hosting a lessons learned workshop to glean good practices, TfP has committed varied resources since the beginning of the processes towards the production of a substantive document.

As part of the final processes towards the issuance of the Guidelines, staff from 10 departments and Units of the African Union Commission, led by the Conflict Management Directorate, will convene for a consultative workshop to review and finalize the Guidelines. Scheduled for Monday, 29th January 2024, the meeting will;

  • Review the content of the stabilization guidelines, ensuring that they align with the broader objectives of the African Union, including conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, development and peacebuilding;
  • Identify potential challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the guidelines;
  • Outline the next steps and timelines for the finalisation of the guidelines.

When complete and in use, the AU Stabilisation Guidelines will offer guidance on how stabilisation efforts can complement the AU’s range of efforts towards the establishment of the full spectrum of protection during and in the immediate aftermath of military successes. It aims to support efforts to lay foundation(s) for medium to long-term Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) and peacebuilding and also differentiate stabilisation from other forms of interventions in order to leverage opportunities in the different phases of addressing contemporary armed violence. It also seeks to address the constellation of processes and efforts for providing immediate interventions needed to guarantee security, reduce violence, and protect affected populations, among others.


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