Eight Countries Send Peacekeeping Trainees to EthiopiaJun 27, 2015
Senior and mid-level military, police and civilian public sector staff from eight countries have successfully taken part in an intensive specialized peacekeeping training at the Japan and UNDP supported Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Peace and Security Training Center (FDRE-PSTC).
The participants at the June 2015 training were drawn from the host country Ethiopia, as well as from Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Somalia. The pilot curriculum package developed by the centre covered conflict prevention, conflict management and post conflict recovery.
Participants covered diverse topics including civilian protection components, the international humanitarian law, civil-military cooperation, early conflict recovery and mine action exploring various deployment scenarios in times of post war or conflict situations. Mandates and core activities of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations (UNPKO/PSO) were also extensively reviewed. Delving into comprehensive conflict management principles gave the workshop participants an opportunity to develop skills and advance knowledge.
Group work included participants applying experiential knowledge from past deployment missions into current conflict scenario problem solving which in this case involved conflict management.
Most of the trainees from the eight countries are serving or expecting to serve in peacekeeping missions in Sudan (Abey, Darfur) and Liberia. Currently, Ethiopia is estimated to have deployed 2,525 peacekeepers with UNAMID in Dafur with a further 4,296 with UNISFA in Abiye and 12 peacekeepers still in Liberia with UNMIL.
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Peace and Security Training Center (FDRE-PSTC) was established to strengthen peacekeeping efforts in Africa. UNDP has partnered with the Government of Japan to provide technical support to the centre, including for the development of specialized curriculum and training of trainers. Japan has also so far channeled USD 950,000 to through UNDP to financially support the centre; this includes the USD 150,000 provided by Japan in 2015 to enable the centre to organize its initial pilot training sessions.