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 Training
UNDP 2014

The new phase of collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP was signed on 21 May 2014 to support the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), funded by the Government of Japan.  The new phase titled, “Enhancing the Capacity of Local actors in Efforts to Improve Peace and Stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Great Lakes” is designed to:

1.       Identify and support the implementation of a range of interventions with the primary objective of contributing to the capacity building of national and regional actors which is expected to result in:

  • 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.

2.       Continue engagement in programme areas the CCCPA is well established in, coupled with new needs identified by CCCPA as well as responding to direct demands and requests made to CCCPA at national and regional levels.

3.       Assist national and regional actors in their efforts to enhance stability and security through the use of trainings. All trainings will target both government personnel and civil society as sustainable solutions will only be achieved by broader participation both from civil society and national counterparts.

The Cairo Regional Center for Training on 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”.

UNDP collaboration with CCCPA started in 2008 within the framework of the project “Strengthening Capacities of CCCPA” funded by the Government of Japan to organize integrated training programmes that bring together major parties involved in peacekeeping operations from the military, police and civilians.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?

Phase 1 - 2008 to 2013:

  • Capacitated 2,437 civilian, military and police personnel from Africa with skills and knowledge needed for interoperability in the field of International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law to military, police and civilian components in peace operations from various African countries.
  • Conducted training courses on various aspects related to peacekeeping and peacebuilding, including: Conflict and Crisis Management, Peacekeeping Operations, Gender, Good Governance, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Human Trafficking, Media and Conflict Training.
  • Conducted 8 specialized training courses for the Northern African Regional Brigade. The CCCPA is currently the only center that provides support to this brigade on the African continent.
  • Built up Egyptian peacekeeping capacity by training military and police, and other groups such as lawyers, NGO staff and other civilians, in the field of human trafficking, development and course design, training of trainers, natural resource management in post-conflict countries.
  • Worked with the UN DPKO in order to enhance its own institutional capacities, as well as to organize high quality events for its partners.
  • Due to the increasing relevance to the current political context in Egypt, the Center trained local governorate officials in early warning system management and crisis management, with a pilot scheme started in the governorate in 2012.

Who finances this project?

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Japan

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Total Expenditures under “Programme to Strengthen the Capacity of the Cairo Regional Centre for Training on Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping in Africa” during the period of July 2008-December 2013 are $4,537,060.

Project Overview
Project start date:
March 2014
Estimated end date:
February 2015
Geographic coverage:
Egypt; Northern Africa; Sahel and Sahara region (Cen-Sad community); Great Lakes region
Focus Area:
Project Officer:
Naglaa Arafa
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CCCPA, Government of Japan and UNDP
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