Ethiopian International Peace Keeping Training Centre
What is the project about
The Government of Ethiopia has recognized the need for very specific knowledge and training on peace keeping operations, in order for Ethiopia to be successful in its efforts to support peacekeeping operations up to the expectations of the AU and the UN, and to effectively contribute to strengthening peace, security and stability in the wider region. The Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Center (EIPKTC) was established in 2011 with the objective of strengthening the capacity of middle- and senior level military, police, and civilian officers to effectively deliver peace operation mandates, thereby promoting peace and security in the continent. EIPKTC aimed at strengthening all aspects of peace operation training in Ethiopia and Africa, by addressing critical training gaps in peace keeping operations of the African Union and the United Nations.
EIPKTC contributes to Outcome 10 of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which states: “by 2015, national and subnational actors utilize improved mechanisms that promote inclusiveness, participation, transparency, accountability and responsiveness in national development processes”.
The project seeks to contribute towards:
· Enhanced institutional capacity for applied research, conflict analysis, training design, that address regional Peace Support Operations (PSO) needs as well as peace and security policy development at regional level;
· Improved regional, multi-national and multi-dimensional PSO capability of civilian personnel to address the evolving peace and security situations;
· Increased capacity of regional police deployed in PSO in Eastern Africa or wider Africa;
· Enhanced regional standby capacity of civilian experts for peacekeeping missions and peace building elements of the East African Security Forces;
Ethiopia makes a considerable national contribution to the cost of developing Ethiopian peacekeeping capabilities. It is the 4th troops/police contributing country to peace, security and stability in Africa through the African Union and the 1st in Africa to contribute to the overall peacekeeping operations (PKO). Ethiopia has currently deployed more than 7,000 personnel, mostly in Sudan and Somalia.
UNDP, with the support of the government of Japan, supports the establishment and strengthening of the EIPKTC and provides capacity development to the Center to become a regional and international center of excellence in peacekeeping, peace building and conflict resolution, with a special niche in organizing integrated training programmes that enable Ethiopia and other states to deploy able military and civilian practitioners in peacekeeping operations.
What have we accomplished so far
- A curriculum package and training manual on Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Post-Conflict Recovery has been developed by the EIPKTC.
- As a centre of excellence, the EIPKTC has provided 10 days training to 28 national and foreign peacekeeping actors on conflict prevention (eight were high military officers from the member states of the Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) such as Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda);
- The centre has also constructed a Lecture Theatre building that includes 3 class rooms (English, French and Arabic), one main conference room (242 seats), and one small conference room (59 seats) believed to significantly enhance the infrastructural capacity of the Centre;
Who Finances it?
Finance for this project is received from the Government of Japan.