Accra: Twenty participants from Southern, East, North, and West Africa, and from ongoing missions like the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) have completed a three-week United Nations Staff Officer Course at KAIPTC.
Held in June 2021, the course provided participants with the knowledge and skills to man/support the ECOWAS Standby Force, African Union or United Nations HQ. With commendable representation from international and national organizations and missions, it also deepened regional cooperation and coordination between the individuals and represented institutions engaged in ECOWAS, AU, UN and other institutional Peacekeeping Missions (PKMs). The course further exposed participants to relevant and current skills, expertise and best practices in the domain of staff duties.
Regrettably, the African continent still battles with a number of armed conflicts, which hinders its peace, democracy and development. Peacekeeping missions are the key instruments used in dealing with these inter and intra state conflicts. To make these missions successful, an efficient mission headquarters with sound structures and procedures as well as professional Military, Police and Civilian staff are paramount. Therefore, training of personnel for the UN mission headquarters is key for successful peace operations presently and for the future.
The course featured a crop of seasoned facilitators from the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Training Institutions in Africa and abroad, the Ghana Police Service, Peacekeeping Practitioners, academia, among others.
It was sponsored by the German Government.
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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 25,207 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organization 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.