Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Course



To contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the need to clarify the concept of R2P and also fill the gap in knowledge and information, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is scheduled to run a two-week course to provide the necessary professional training, requisite knowledge as well as the basic information on the concept of R2P.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to train African Policy makers, Government officials, Military, Police and personnel from Civil Society Organizations on the concept of R2P and its implementation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Course, participants will be able to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the historical background of the R2P norm, which cases have shaped its genesis, and which other concepts are related, but different, to the R2P norm;
  • Identify and assess the legal status of R2P;
  • Enhance their understanding of how R2P is both historically and conceptually linked to African thinking and practice;
  • Understand why prevention is essential to R2P and how R2P-prevention is different from conflict prevention;
  • Identify factors which can help to make R2P prevention effective, including institutional arrangements, processes and the roles of various actors in society as well as post-conflict efforts;
  • Identify relevant actors to be involved in R2P prevention;
  • Be able to distinguish between Protection of Civilians (POC) and R2P and identify their respective key elements;
  • Identify and critically analyze challenges and controversies that generally can arise in the context of implementing R2P.

Course Content

  1. The Foundations and Evolution of R2P.
  2. Normative and Legal Foundations.
  3. R2P and Africa: National, Transnational, Regional and Continental Arrangements and PracticeR2P, Prevention and Early Warning.
    • Risks and vulnerabilities.
    • Post-conflict rebuilding and reconciliation.
    • Peace vs. Justice (ICC and special courts).
    • The role of the media.
    • R2P, Protection of Civilians and Military/Security Sector.
  4. R2P – Issues, Controversies and Challenges (case study).
  5. R2P Simulation.


Teaching Methods

The Collaborative Problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the Course. A combination of tools such as lectures, case studies, small group work exercises, Q & A and simulation will be used to illustrate and clarify the concept of the Responsibility to Protect under the guidance of a team of experienced facilitators.

Target Group

  • Policy makers of governments in Africa in Security;
  • Military, Police and Civilian peacekeepers;
  • Non-Governmental Organisations;
  • Representatives from the Regional (AU) or Sub-Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
  • Representatives from the National Peace Councils;
  • Civil Society Organisations;
  • Officials of the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice.


 Course Fees

Each participant shall be required to pay a non refundable commitment fee of $500 USD (five hundred US Dollars). Participants who will require visa on arrival will also be responsible for their visa fees. KAIPTC shall be responsible for participant’s travel (within Africa, accommodation and feeding during the duration of the course.


Relevant Information

  • The course will be conducted ONLY in English
  • Maximum intake on the course is 30 participants
  • Every participant will have to prove adequate health insurance coverage before travelling to the Centre. KAIPTC will not bear any health or accident costs for any participant.


How to Apply

Only fully completed applications that are submitted via the application portal will be considered.


Application deadline: 30th September, 2017




Marylyn Akabutu

Training Coordinator

Tel : 233 302 718 200 Ext.1012

Fax: 233 302 718 201