Japan partnership with UNDP continues to build Ethiopia’s Peacekeeping capacity

Apr 8, 2016

Left to right - Brigadier General Habtamu Tilahun, Head of FDRE-PSTC, Ambassador Kazuhiro Suzuki of Japan, Mr. Shimelis Assefa of UNDP Ethiopia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed USD 200 thousand agreement with the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC)to continue supporting the center’s training and capacity development initiatives around peacekeeping.  

The government of Japan has supported the PSTC since 2013, providing over USD 1 million to the center including the USD 200 thousand agreement signed today. The new resource will help with the implementation of the program for the next one year from April 2016 to March 2017.

The PSTC was established back in 2011 to provide training and build the capacity of civilians, military and police to serve in peacekeeping operations, thereby addressing critical training gaps in peace and conflict prevention operations. The centre has developed and uses its own curriculum package and modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict recovery. In addition to Ethiopia, tTrainees so far have come from Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda as well as  Bangladesh.  

Representing UNDP Ethiopia, Mr. Shimeles Assefa, team leader of the democratic governance and capacity building unit, highlighted that, “Peace and stability are essential prerequisites for sustainable socio-economic development of a nation and the world as a whole. That is why UNDP with funding from the Government of Japan is investing in capacity development and training of peacekeeping practitioners from all over Africa.”

The Ethiopian International Peace Keeping Training is over the years gaining a reputation as regional and international center of excellence in training and deploying practitioners in peacekeeping operations of the African Union and the United Nations.

Ethiopia is among the leading troop contributing countries to the UN and ranks as the fourth troop-contributing country to the African Union.

 

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