February 2020 – The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre has conducted a Learning Design and Development (LDD) workshop to develop a curriculum for a newly proposed course titled “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Peace Support Operations in Africa” Course (MELPAC).
The course is in response to requests from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) for KAIPTC to develop a tailored course to meet their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) requirements for Peace Support Operations (PSOs).
The course, when piloted, will enrol 30 participants comprising civilians, military and police personnel serving or interested in serving in AU/ECOWAS missions. The course is also targeted at Personnel performing M & E functions, Mission Analysis Cell personnel, Planners, Chiefs of Staff, Mission Managers (Including heads of Sections/component, Personnel of the Plans and Operations Cell, Senior Military Commanders, Staff officers and MILOBS, Civilians- Section Heads, M & E Planning Elements (operational/strategic) at Continental and regional planning levels, Personnel in identified places in Regional missions and AU, as well as staff of the UN and NGOs who are required to carry out functions related to monitoring and evaluation. MELPAC is expected to address the gaps in existing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
During the six-day course, participants would be taken through conceptual understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) in PSOs in Africa, MEL in AU PSOs; the existing frameworks and practices, conducting readiness assessment in PSO contexts, setting performance indicators and targets, data collection for setting baselines and indicators, among others. In recent years, African Peace Support Operations have been tasked with mandates that are complex, ambitious and costly to implement. This has resulted in heavy reliance on partners and donor support for implementation.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.