Enhancing the Capacity of Local actors in Efforts to Improve Peace and Stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Great Lakes

What is this project about?

 CRC TrainingUNDP 2015

UNDP collaboration with CCCPA started in 2008 and aimed to support the capacity development of CCCPA to become a regional center of excellence in peacekeeping and conflict resolution with a special focus on integrated multi-stakeholder training programs that bring together the military, the police, and civilians in African countries; in addition to focusing on gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping operations and conflict resolution in Africa in line with UN Security Council Resolution UNSC 1325.

In 2015, the project expanded its coverage to include all of Africa, with additional focus on enhancing African capacities in combatting radicalism and extremism.

The new phase signed in 2016 aims to continue efforts to enhance African capacities in dealing with cross-border challenges, including terrorism, transnational criminal organizations, illegal migration and human trafficking; crisis management and conflict resolution; and peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Through this phase, CCCPA will  participate in the  6th cycle of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) and will also participate in activities leading up and following up on this event which is being held for the  first time in Africa.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

  • In May 2016, CCCPA was chosen by the International Association for Peace Training Centers (IAPTC) to become the next secretariat of the Association which is a global network for training and education centers working on peace issues, and CCCPA become only the third center to take over this task after the Canadian Pearson Center (the major founder of the Association and at the time the leading center on training on peacekeeping) and the Center for United Nations Peacekeeping of India (the current secretariat). 
  • Being the Secretariat of the Association places CCCPA in the Executive Committee, which is the decision making body of the IAPTC.  Below are links to the Press Releases by CCCPA and the State Information Service.
  • CCCPA exerted efforts to consolidate African voices to contribute to the global discussion on the peacekeeping and peacebuilding architecture through a series of events.  Together with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (UN PBSO), CCCPA hosted on 24-25 November 2014, an international workshop on “Regional Perspectives of Peacebuilding: Identifying Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities”. The outcome report of the workshop was distributed as an official United Nations Security Council and General Assembly document (A/69/654-S/2014/882).
  • Between March 2014 and October 2015, 708 participants participated in 35 trainings/workshops organized by CCCPA on topics such as Human & Arms Trafficking; Gender & Human Rights in peacekeeping/peacebuilding, Conflict and Crisis Management, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Human Trafficking, and Media and Conflict.
  • In 2015 only, 20 trainings were conducted for 249 participants (31.7% women) from more than 20 African countries and 7 pre-deployment trainings were conducted for 3,674 Egyptian peacekeepers being deployed to Central Africa, Congo and Darfur.
  • A workshop on “Security issues in North Africa and the Middle East and their implications for the future of peace keeping operations” was held on 5 March 2015, and featured consultations with the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.
  • CCCPA organized from 1-2 March 2016 a workshop on "Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture" in cooperation with the Office of the President of the General Assembly. 
  • In partnership with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO), CCCPA organized during the period from 31 May 2015 -11 June 2015, the 21st session of the UN Senior Mission Leaders (UNSML). The course is held on an annual basis and was hosted in 2015 by the Government of Egypt, marking the first time in North Africa and the second time in the Middle East.
  • The course is designed firstly, to prepare potential mission leaders for the roles and responsibilities of senior leadership in UN and other peacekeeping operations, and secondly to enable officials of member states dealing with peacekeeping issues to better understand how multidimensional UN peacekeeping missions operate. 
  • CCCPA established its International Advisory Board, comprising eminent international and African experts in the field of peace and security, and stakeholders and leading thematic experts. The aim is to provide counseling on global and regional challenges and opportunities with regards to peacekeeping, peace-building, conflict resolution, and crisis management, and advise and support CCCPA’s training, research, outreach and global visibility. The first meeting of the advisory board took place on 27 August 2015.

Who finances this project?

Government of Japan

What is the project budget?


Delivery in previous fiscal year

$1,315,259.43 (2015)

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