On Tuesday, June 25th2019, the ties and relations between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Government of Nigeria were further strengthened when the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Abikoye Femi Michael made a donation to support the completion of KAIPTC’s new Training and Academic Block. The donation is to facilitate the construction of the Plaster of Paris (POP) for the building.
At a meeting with some members of KAIPTC’s Executive Management present, H.E. Michael expressed his gratitude and admiration for KAIPTC’s work in building capacity for peacekeeping and peace support operations in Africa. He added that many Nigerians – both security personnel and civilians – have benefitted from KAIPTC’s courses. The Federal Government of Nigeria therefore decided to support the delivery of KAIPTC’s courses by making a donation of $42,000 to shore up its efforts to expand its infrastructure to meet the increasing subscriptions to its programmes.
“The strings that bind these two African nations is firm and deeply rooted in time. One cannot talk about African cooperation and partnerships and ignore Nigeria and Ghana,” he noted. H.E. Michael suggested additional areas of cooperation to strengthen the cooperation between both parties. Sharing some ideas on ways to deepen the Centre’s financial sustainability, the Commissioner noted that the Centre’s strategic location is a strong advantage for pursuing Public Private Partnerships.
Ms Horname Noagbesunu, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department (PPMED) at KAIPTC noted that the donation is an historic one and a great privilege for KAIPTC. She said: “This donation is a landmark event; it is an honour to have another African country supporting us.”
On behalf of the Executive Management and staff of the Centre, she expressed deepest gratitude to the Nigerian Government for their demonstration of true solidarity and support for the Centre.
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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 recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 22,000 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.