The Training Programme on Peace-building for African Civilian Personnel is a joint project of UNDESA, University of Ghana and Scuolo Superiore Santí Anna di Pisa and funded by the Government of Italy. The objectives of the project are to: establish a participatory, African-oriented training programme for African civilian personnel on peacekeeping and humanitarian missions; to capacitate a local institution to continue delivering the training; and, to develop a cadre of personnel with expertise to be on-call for mission assignments.
The project will develop two complementary course designs focusing on: (a) emergency response/humanitarian assistance and (b) post-conflict peace-building. The "emergency response" module will focus on operationalizing humanitarian assistance, refugee and IDP support, complex emergency management (and possibly disaster management) and special needs of vulnerable groups. The "post-conflict peace-building" module will focus on DDR (demobilization, disarmament and reintegration); election assistance (administration, observation and monitoring); confidence-building, reconciliation and coexistence; human rights standards and structures in governance re-building; and technical assistance to local authorities in reconstructing national institutions. A number of core topics will be common to both training modules (i.e. conflict analysis methods, basic human rights protection issues, conflict resolution techniques, personal security measures). The 'activities' component of each training workshop will use different examples, exercises and case studies according to the respective area of focus.
It is envisaged that four-week specialized training workshops will be offered at the University of Ghana with the aim of developing a cadre of potential civilian personnal for peace-keeping, humanitarian and post-conflict reconstruction missions.