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German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has collaborated with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) through the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) since 2004. The GIZ Support Project to KAIPTC seeks to enhance the Centre’s capacities for promoting peace and security in the region by providing financial and technical support to the Centre. The collaboration focuses specifically on strengthening civilian capacities for conflict prevention, management, and resolution. In this context, the Project supports the Centre in four main thematic areas:  
1. Strengthening of Institutional Capacities and Organisation Development:
GIZ supports strategic planning processes and Organisation Development (OD) at KAIPTC. Within this process, GIZ assists KAIPTC in strengthening its internal M&E system, implementing a change management process, improving organisational procedures, and introducing a results-based management system to enable the Centre manage its processes efficiently and effectively. In addition, the development of new marketing and communication strategies are supported to enhance the presentation and the positioning of KAIPTC within the market of Peacekeeping Training Centres in Africa.
2. Development of Demand-Based and Gender-Sensitive Training for Civilian Personnel:
GIZ’s support to KAIPTC in this area focuses on improving the effectiveness and impact of the Centre’s civilian training courses through facilitating systematic and strategic alliances with client organisations such as UN, AU, ECOWAS and others. KAIPTC is supported in identifying current training needs and in developing tailor-made training courses to address these needs. GIZ also supports KAIPTC’s Gender mainstreaming endeavours which include increasing the number of female participants in training courses and introducing gender modules in training curricula. 
3. Facilitation of Regional Cooperation & Exchange between the Centre and its strategic 
GIZ supports the building of strategic relationships between KAIPTC and client organisations such as the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and umbrella organisations such as the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA). To improve the coordination and collaboration between the ECOWAS Commission and its Training Centres of Excellence in Ghana (KAIPTC), Mali (EMP), and Nigeria (NDC), GIZ facilitates and supports exchange platforms and also gives support to training coordination meetings within the region. 
4. Support to the Development of a Learning Management System (LMS) to improve the monitoring and networking with KAIPTC’s alumni family: 
GIZ supports the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) to enable KAIPTC expand and improve its range of services in the areas of e-learning, alumni work and online database management.  Through the LMS, internal processes and communication are mainstreamed to improve the management of training courses and at the same time to enhance the relationship between KAIPTC and its alumni community, making it more systematic. In addition, the LMS will facilitate a more effective and efficient follow-up on the impact KAIPTC’s training has on its participants and on enhanced peace and security in the region. 
The GIZ Support Project to KAIPTC combines technical and financial support to KAIPTC, as exemplified in the recent support for the development of KAIPTC’s Strategic Plan (2014-2018). The Strategic Plan has paved the way for a new strategic orientation and has also kick-started an internal change management process to ensure the Centre’s institutional and financial sustainability. Some of the achievements of the GIZ support to the Centre include:
A functioning Monitoring and Evaluation Unit; 
A recently launched Organisational Development process; 
The validation of the KAIPTC Gender Policy which will provide the road map for gender                     mainstreaming; 
Improved cooperation with client organisations; and 
Increase in needs-based training delivery at the Centre.
All these measures are targeted at adjusting the Centre’s service delivery to a more business-oriented approach in order to ensure its financial and operational sustainability. 
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