Accra 23rd April 2018: His Excellency Babikir Elsiddig Mohamed, Ambassador of Sudan to Ghana accompanied by his counsellor Mr. Ahmed Mustafa Abass paid a courtesy call on the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) to discuss key issues on peace and security.
Accra, 23rd April, 2018: Defence management and how nations design their strategies and policies is key to setting the appropriate framework for the successful delivery of defence and security.
The world’s security environment has been recently exposed to a range of threats. Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabaab in Somalia and other extremist groups in the Sahel with an expansion of their deadly activities, as seen in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and very recently again in Burkina Faso all threaten security and challenge the rules-based international system. In Europe, tension over the situation in Ukraine, the management of the migrant crisis and an extant terrorist threat, which has struck in Paris, Brussels and London, still remain serious concerns.
Named after an anchor of peace, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), celebrates His Excellency Dr. Kofi Annan on his 80th birthday!
Describing himself as being atribal in a tribal world, Dr Kofi Annan was born on 8th April, 1938 in Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He attended the Mfantsipim School, in Cape Coast from 1954 to 1957. Whiles at Mfantsipim, he learned that “suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere.” This lesson followed him throughout his life.
Accra, 12th March 2018: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), has welcomed 31 Police Officers to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Security Sector Reform Course (SSR). The course targets middle level Police Officers and practitioners who out the reform duties in post-conflict reconstruction phase of peacebuilding.
The objective of the course is to equip participants with introductory knowledge on the concepts of peace and security in the African context; equip them to demonstrate competence in developing their role in peace building in post conflict environment, among others.
Accra, 13th March 2018: The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has hosted a three-day dialogue and experience sharing workshop for selected elected representatives of the Ghanaian and Nigerian Parliaments.
The workshop was to enable the Honourable Members of the National Assembly of Nigeria and the Parliament of Ghana to exchange best practices on parliamentary oversight of the security sector. Dubbed, “Exchange of Good Practices on Legislative Oversight”, the workshop was jointly organised by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC).
Accra, March 12th 2018: With a fundamental obligation of generating effective and sustainable capacities within the African and ECOWAS Peace and Security architecture as well as building capacities to implement AU and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding mandates, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), has welcomed a new batch of participants for the Joint Campaign Planning Course.
Today marks the beginning of the fifth issue of the training course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa. Since 2015, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), have in partnership with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), organized this course with funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and ably supported by the Austrian Ministry of Defence.
Accra, March 5, 2018: The optimisation of the skills of Police Middle Management Officers has become crucial given the dynamic trends in the security architecture in the West African sub-region and the continent as a whole. Police Middle Management focuses on the management of challenges whether personal, organisational or operational within a multi-dimensional theatre of Peace Support Operations.
At a well-attended inaugural Alumni Homecoming event held at KAIPTC on 20 July, several alumni took turns to share the impact of the post-graduate programmes in their personal and professional lives since completion. The event featured keynote speakers and alumni such as Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications, Hon. Gifty Ohene-Konadu, National Coordinator for the ‘One District, One Factory’ programme at the Office of the President, and Mr. Seth Kwame Boateng, Broadcast Journalist, and Past Ghana Journalist of the year. The event was held under the theme “Reconnecting and Networking for Peace and Security”.
The maintenance of peace and security in Africa remains a critical challenge. In many parts of the continent, states and societies are grappling with extraordinary threats that undermine security at the levels of the state and the individual. Key among these are low intensity conflicts, which appear to be replacing outright civil wars as the most prevalent form of armed violence in Africa. These conflicts and the non-permissive environments they create place under immense stress the evolving continental security architecture designed to respond to the dynamics of state action. While states in parts of Africa remain an arena of conflict, others feature as the very object over which conflicts are being fought, raising fundamental questions about the basic nature of the African state.
The British Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has lauded KAIPTC’s contribution to global peacekeeping, citing its hallmark of training over fifteen thousand participants for peace support operations around the world. He further noted that the Centre is the only training institution on the continent to have a Women, Peace and Security Institute.
He made these remarks during a round table meeting held at KAIPTC to discuss ‘UN Peacekeeping Reform: the UN and Africa’. He stressed the UK government’s support for reform in peacekeeping through improvement in three areas – Planning, Pledges, and performance. These 3P’s, contained in the joint ‘Communiqué signed at the London Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial last September, is considered a blueprint for peacekeeping reform.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Ghana, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, has highlighted the need to strengthen the rapport between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), and the Ghana Police Service, to achieve shared goals on peace and security in the nation and beyond.
“We can further collaborate to explore other critical areas of policing, including counter terrorism, transnational organized crime, human trafficking and proliferation of small arms”. This move, he believes, will not only be beneficial to the Ghana Police Service, but also other Police Services within the ECOWAS sub-region.