UNDP-Japan partnership supported expert training on post-conflict recoveryJun 21, 2017
UNDP-Japan partnership supported a post-conflict recovery training for civilians, police and military with the potential to be deployed for Peace Keeping Operations and other multinational efforts to promote peace and security.
The training on post-conflict recovery is regarded as a building block in the transition from conflict to peace. A total of 31 participants from ten countries; Comoros, Tanzania, Mali, Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia, Burundi and Ethiopia were acquainted with the issues of post-conflict recovery, peace-building and state-building. Participants included three local female trainees and 11 international trainees.
“The training will have a lasting impact on us as we go back to resume our peace support operations,” said Mr. Ibrahim Tembely, a civilian trainee from Mali.
Experienced practitioners and policy makers from government, the United Nations and the African Union Commission provided the latest lessons learned, tools, and methods in peacebuilding, conflict transformation and post-war stabilization and recovery.
The course also provided participants with the knowledge and skills of fundamental concepts of post-conflict recovery, critical thinking and sensitivity towards peace building efforts and mandates of UN Peace Keeping and Support Operations in relation to gender, border management, electoral process, child protection, human rights, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and rule of law.
“Despite the fact that there are other peace training centers in Africa, Ethiopia’s unique experience and practical lessons on post-conflict recovery granted us with the opportunity to train people from across Africa. Recently we are thinking of starting long-term trainings on peace and security due to the huge demand from other African countries,” said Colonel Dr. Elias Seyoum, Head of the Peace and Security Research Department at the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC).
The post-conflict recovery training was delivered by the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) established back in 2011 as the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Center (EIPKTC) but was transitioned to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia-PSTC in 2015 with a vision of becoming centre of excellence for peace support operations in Africa.
The center also provide trainings on conflict prevention and conflict management among others.
In 2017, the Government of Japan channeled USD 180,000.00 to UNDP to support the centre in providing trainings and creating platforms for peacekeeping practitioners to network, exchange information and draw out best practices.