Call for Applications: Responsibility to Protect Course (R2P)


25th November – 6th December, 2019


The concept of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was initiated at the UN in 2005, leaning on the work provided by the Canadian-led initiative of the International Commission on Intervention and State Security (ICISS).   Clarification of the concept has been difficult and its application vexatious as well as disastrous. To contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the need to clarify the concept 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

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To deepen participants’ 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;
  • To identify and assess the legal status of R2P;
  • To enhance participants’ understanding of how R2P is both historically and conceptually linked to African thinking and practice;
  • To understand why prevention is essential to R2P and how R2P prevention is different from conflict prevention;
  • To highlight 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;
  • To identify relevant actors to be involved in R2P prevention;
  • To distinguish between Protection of Civilians (POC) and R2P and identify their respective key elements;
  • To enumerate and critically analyse challenges and controversies that generally can arise in the context of implementing R2P.

Course Content

  • The Foundations and Evolution of R2P.
  • Normative and Legal Foundations.
  • R2P and Africa: National, Transnational, Regional and Continental Arrangements and Practice.
  • R2P, 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.
  • R2P – Issues, Controversies and Challenges (case study).
  • R2P Simulation Exercise. 

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 Protectunder 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 must haveproof of adequate health insurance coveragebefore 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.

Please click here to apply

Application deadline:  25 October 2019


Marylyn Akabutu       
Training Coordinator
Tel : 233 302 718 200 Ext.1012
Fax: 233 302 718 201

Col AK Botsoe
Course Director
Tel.: 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1035