February 2019: Following the birth of a partnership between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Strategic Direction South Hub last year, a joint workshop was held in February with the aim to identify various levels of crises and determine ways to execute laid down measures to achieve set goals. The workshop was dubbed “Operations Assessment II.”
AVM Griffiths Evans, the Commandant of KAIPTC said theOperations Assessment workshop was enormously relevant because the country is situated in a neighbourhood that is plagued by many security challenges which has implications on the country’s internal security.
He indicated that the rise in terrorism, violent extremism, organized crime and political vigilantism have created severe security threats, resulting in deaths, destruction and instability in the region.
He noted that Ghana as a country must strike the right acquaintances, forge mutual partnerships and share experiences that will help in responding effectively to external and internal security threats, else the quest to build a secure and more resilient country will be marginal.
Dr Kwesi Aning, Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at KAIPTC, in an interview, said that the rise of vigilantism must be addressed urgently to maintain the peace and security within the nation.
Brigadier General Ignazio lax, Director of the NATO Strategic Direction at the South Hub, noted that the workshop will enhance the concept of good governance, accountability and transparency. He added that it will promote the bonds of trust and friendship between NATO Strategic Direction South Hub and KAIPTC, and advised all thirty participants drawn from West Africa to take advantage of the workshop and appreciate the principles of Operational Assessments.
Participants comprised researchers, national security experts, custom officials, military personnel and civilians.
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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 recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 18,500 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.