African Civilian Response Capacity
for Peace Support Operations

Training for Peace Programme

Training for Peace

The Training for Peace Programme (TfP) is an international capacity building programme and coordinated by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Through civil society institutions the programme has since 1995 worked to strengthen African civilian and police capacity for peacekeeping operations. With the programme’s focus on training, rostering, policy facilitation and applied research, the TfP has contributed strongly in placing civilian and multidimensional aspects of peacekeeping on the global agenda, including issues related to protection of civilians and women, peace and security.

The programme is based on a unique North-South-South cooperation where activities carried out mainly by African partner institutions. The current partner institutions are the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Dispute (ACCORD), Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa, the Kofi Anna International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). As of late 2010, an African roster agency based in Zimbabwe, the Africa Civilian Response Capacity for Peace Operations (AFDEM) is also an official partner of the programme. The TfP is furthermore cooperating closely with East African Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM, previously EASBRICOM), while the Norwegian Police Directorate contributes advice and instructors to the TfP police activities as appropriate.

TfP at AFDEM Core Activities

AFDEM has been an associated partner in the TfP program since 2007 and a full partner since 2010. The organisation is an established roster with a track record in the rostering and African civilian dimension training and policy community, including with the AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

  • A rostering service within TfP that ensures a value chain link between training, rostering and deployment. TfP civilian trainees are rostered and efforts made through AFDEM to deploy them
  • Provide a database management system that ensures tracking of TfP trainees. This aids in evaluating the value of training
  • As a Technical Partner to the AU rostering project, assist in the strengthening of capacities with the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to develop and manage own rosters
  • In line with UN Resolution 1325, provide a 1325 Roster that seeks to promote active participation of women in peace and security issues at middle to senior levels
  • Provide a civilian standby capacity accessible to both AU and UN field missions