TfP supports the strengthening of the police dimension of peacekeeping in Africa
9 Jul 2015
The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme participated in theTfP Research Network Dissemination Seminar to present and discuss the different research findings and recommendations that emerged from the various research on policing conducted in Mali, Somalia and Darfur; focused on three peacekeeping missions. These are the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM); and the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). As part of the research process, TfP Partners engaged with the African Union (AU) in discussing the key findings and recommendations that emerged from the three case studies in order to support policy and training processes so as to improve the police component of Africa's peace support operations. The TfP Research Network Meeting was organised by the Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), from 2nd – 3rd June 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. TfP partners including John Karlsrud – head of TfP at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI); Dr. Marina Caparini – from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS); Gustavo de Carvalho – Senior Researcher at ISS; Dr. Kwesi Aning – Director Academic Affairs and Research – KAIPTC; Susan Catherine Nelson – Programme head TfP – KAIPTC; Meressa Kahsu – Researcher and Training Coordinator at ISS, participated in the seminar; and Ms. Olivia Victoria Davies, Programme Officer: Peacekeeping Unit, and Ms Irene Limo, Senior Programme Officer:Peacekeeping Unit from the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). The meeting facilitated joint discussions amongst partners on strategies and approaches needed to strengthen the police dimension of peacekeeping, particularly in the context of Africa. The partners presented on findings related to police capacity to protect civilians and implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and contributed to the debate and in discussions on producing a synthesis report of the three research case studies. On the final day of the meeting, TfP partners briefed the AU on the findings of the research, and discussed with the AU on how best the AU will be involved in such research in future. Partner institutions represented discussed crucial recommendations from the research findings that would help shape their programmes to better support the police, military and civilian component of peace operations. These include: ways in which the different case study reports can be published as one comprehensive document; all outstanding issues relating to the 2014 joint research processes; and the various 2015 programmes/activities of the Programme. The TfP Research Network Dissemination Seminar sought to contribute towards the development of a multi-dimensional and integrated approach to African peace operations.