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

The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) was established in 1994 under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since its establishment, the center has been at the forefront of national, regional and international efforts to provide “African Solutions to African Problems”.

The Center aims to support peacekeeping operations in Africa through a capacity-building approach, providing training for all those involved in peacekeeping, peace-building and conflict resolution. Its primary focus is on building African capacity so that peacekeepers from Africa may assume a more active role in dealing with crises and conflicts in the continent.

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

The ongoing phase of the project entitled “Enhancing the capacity of local actors in efforts to improve Peace and Stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Great Lakes” aims to achieve the following outputs:

  • Improved knowledge in border management in North Africa and the Sahel.
  • Greater understanding of and improved skills in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding issues in North Africa, the Sahel and the Great Lakes Region
  • Improved knowledge and skills in conflict resolution and crisis management in North Africa, the Sahel and the Great Lakes Region

A new phase starting 1 April 2015 and entitled, “Consolidating Peace, Security and Stability in Africa” was signed to expand the coverage of CCCPA’s work to include all of Africa, with additional focus on enhancing African capacities in combatting radicalism and extremism, and in border and crisis management, including international/regional management of trans-boundary natural resources. The expected outputs are:

  • Enhanced African capacities to combat radicalism and extremism.
  • Improved African capacities in conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
  • Enhanced African capacities in border and crisis management, including international/regional management of trans-boundary natural resources.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

  • From 2008 to 2014, CCCPA conducted 54 trainings/workshops and built the capacities of approx. 3,000 civilian, military and police personnel in peace operations from various African countries in domains related to peacekeeping, peace-building and crisis management.  
  • In 2014 alone, 601 participants from 25 African countries, out of which 120 were women, participated in 23 trainings/workshops on topics such as Human & Arms Trafficking; Gender & Human Rights in peacekeeping/peacebuilding, Conflict and Crisis Management, Peacekeeping Operations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Human Trafficking, and Media and Conflict. Examples of training courses conducted include:
    • 1 training course conducted on Combatting Human Trafficking in cooperation with IOM (August 2014): 18 participants (15 men and 3 women) from Egypt, Mali, Sudan, Libya
    • 2 Trainings on “Gender, international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights in peacekeeping and peacebuilding” (May and December 2014): 42 total participants (out of which 12 were women) from 9 African countries
    • Three training courses on Media and Conflict in cooperation with UNESCO (August and September 2014): 70 participants (out of which 34 were women) from Egypt, Uganda, Mali, Zambia, Congo, Burundi, Togo, Nigeria, Sudan, Gambia, and South Sudan.
  • 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 Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 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).
    • 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.
  • 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 this year 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. 

Who finances this project?

Government of Japan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Delivery in previous fiscal year

$1,056,063.71 (2014)