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Call for Applications: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Course
04 May 2017 - 31 July 2017

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The Course is from 14th to 25th August 2017 .

Background and Context

In recent times, rebel and extremist groups have overrun government forces and taken control of large swathes of territories in Africa’s Sahel region, especially Northern Nigeria, Mali, and Niger etc. At the same time, terrorist groups continue to kidnap civilians, launch violent attacks, and inflict massive human and material wounds on these and other countries in the region. Indeed, other parts of the continent, particularly Northern Africa, Eastern Africa and especially the Great Lakes region continue to suffer from considerable violence and instability from Violent Extremists which pose precarious socio-economic and enormous security challenges for the African continent. Ominously, research has also identified over 40 different extremist groups currently in Africa, which clearly shows an increase at an alarming rate. The increased activities of these groups are no coincidence since there has been a consistent growth in unemployment, corruption, poverty, social inequality, religious intolerance just to mention a few which makes it easier for them to recruit and radicalize their followers especially the youth. It is a fact that these groups are destabilizing forces for governments, sub-regions and regions to deal with. This has resulted in more ministries, departments, agencies and other stakeholders (Missions, Nations-States, AU, UN etc.) in the peace and security sector to seek the capacity to deal with this growing threat.

Due to the demand by stakeholders in the Peace and Security sector for Violent Extremism (VE) experts to tackle the growing challenge of VE, The African Centre for the Study & Research of Terrorism (ACSRT) collaborating with KAIPTC in November 2016 organized a two-day workshop on the Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism where a need for a course in PCVE was clearly identified. Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) is fast becoming a key area in the Peace and Security sector (UN, AU, ECOWAS, and Nations-States etc.).

It has also become evident through the global Counter-Terrorism Framework that all Nations-States need to be equipped in peace and security as well as relevant Civil Society personnel with the requisite skills to deal with the growing threat. The effects of VE can be seen in the above and can’t be overstated. Given the timeliness and importance of this subject, KAIPTC in collaboration with the ACSRT has decided to develop a full training course on PCVE to better equip stakeholders to address these challenges.

Overall Course Aim

The course is aimed at building individual skills to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of personnel of the UN, AU, Regional and National Institutions to prevent and counter Violent Extremism.

Learning Objectives of the Course

1.    Explain the causes, processes and issues of Religious Radicalisation.
2.    Assess and classify the various perspectives of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Africa.
3.    To understand the importance of information management (Intelligence, Investigation and Surveillance) in the PCVE.
4.    To develop skills to Prevent & Counter Violent Extremism in Africa.
5.    Equipped participants with the tools to reintegrate violent extremists into the community.

Target Groups

1.    African Union (AU) and other Regional Bodies.
2.    UN Country Missions, Agencies, Funds, Programmes and Entities in Regions affected by PCVE.
3.    Security Agencies, Intelligence Agencies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) in Peace and Security in Africa.
4.    Relevant Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/ Civil Society Organizations actively participating or supporting PCVE programmes in conflict-affected or post-conflict African countries.

Eligibility Criteria

This course targets operational personnel who are involved in PCVE processes.  Applicants are required to have at least one of the criteria listed below:

1.    Nominated by the African Union or ECOWAS.
2.    Possess at least one year experience in PCVE related work.
3.    Must be currently involved in PCVE practice work.
4.    Must be working closely with PCVE practitioners in any conflict-affected or post-conflict African country.
Preference would be given to applicants having a working knowledge of the English language, both written and oral skills since the course would only be delivered in English. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Facilitation Methodology

The Problem-Based Learning approach, suitable for adult learning, would be used in the delivery of the course and participants would be required to play an active role under the guidance of an experienced team of facilitators.  The course content thus would be delivered using a combination of approaches such as PowerPoint presentations, lectures, case study, small group exercises, stories, experience sharing and simulation, among others.

Relevant Facts

a)    Course capacity – 30 participants.
b)    KAIPTC residential accommodation for all participants.
c)    Facilitation team would be composed of resource persons from Violent Extremism practitioners, AU, ECOWAS, KAIPTC, ACSRT, Transition International Sierra Leone, and Consultants etc.                                                        
d)    Participants coming from UN/AU missions would be required to make a 15-20 minutes presentation on the PCVE programme interventions in their missions.
e)    Successful applicants (not nominated by the AU) will be expected to pay a commitment fee of USD 500 at least 3 weeks before the course assembles. This fee is non-refundable.

How to Apply

Only fully completed applications that are submitted via the application portal would be taken into consideration.

Please click to apply here: further enquiries should be emailed to the Course Director:


Call for Applications: Pilot ECOWAS/ KAIPTC Election Observation Training Course - Long Term
27 April 2017 - 15 June 2017




Democratic elections are the indispensable root of democracy and have become imperative for assessing national security, political stability and socio-economic development. Countries around the world irrespective of their political system and electoral process, have come to accept the reality that regular and periodic elections remain perhaps, the most acceptable means of facilitating representation, participation and accountability. For elections to have integrity , it must not only be conducted by Election Management Bodies with full independence of action in a professional , non – partisan and transparent manner, it is now the norm that such elections be certified free, fair and credible by election observers. As a result, election observation regimes have become an important element in promoting transparency, accountability, credibility of elections and enhancing the integrity and public confidence in the electoral process.
As one of the leading regional Economic Community (REC) in Africa, the ECOWAS was farsighted in identifying the promotion of democracy and multiparty elections as a cardinal objective .Section III of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance deals with election monitoring and assistance. The mandate of the fact finding and exploratory missions are spilt out in Article 13(2)of the protocol which includes among others ;collection of all text that governs the election concerned; gathering all information on the conditions  under which the elections should be conducted; collecting all pertinent information relating to the contesting candidates or political parties and etc. Having deployed observer missions to most of the presidential elections in the region in the last 15 years, ECOWAS has undoubtedly enhanced its early warning, peace building and crisis management capacity in mitigating potential election – related conflicts by promoting transparency, accountability and public confidence in the electoral process within the region.

Nevertheless, the capacity of ECOWAS to effectively discharge its mandate under section III of the protocol on Democracy and Good Governance is circumscribed among other factors its hitherto lack of a long term approach to election observation. The standard practise is usually to send out fact finding missions and deploy short term election observation missions for a specific number of days. It is evident that this short period is rather inadequate to undertake an encompassing assessment of the immediate pre- election, election and immediate post-election activities. There are therefore some concerns about the capability of ECOWAS to within this limited period of days, effectively assess the convergence criteria and parameters in measuring the integrity and credibility of the electoral process in its member states. This fact was rightly observed and extensively discussed in 2014 during the review exercise of the 2001 ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

Arising from the recommendations of the review exercise and coupled with the experience of deploying Long Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs) to Nigerian in January 2015 and other subsequent deployments, ECOWAS is persuaded of the essence and effectiveness of a long term approach to its election observation mandates. Such approach will enhance the capacity of the observer / supervisory mission to effectively undertake and discharge without undue pressure of time constraint in the requirements of Articles 16 and 17 of the Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. From the foregoing, it is imperative that ECOWAS design an appropriate framework to its long term election observation methodology. It is also important to enhance the capacity of long term observers by imbuing them with the requisite skills and expertise, with specific reference to their functions and activities. It is in this light that the KAIPTC with the support of GIZ has developed this course on Long Term Election Observation which is to be piloted and conducted by the Centre.


The overarching goal of the pilot course is aimed at developing the capacity of key personnel in the military, police, civil society and governmental agencies of ECOWAS member states to conduct long term election observation (LTEOM) in the region and beyond. The objective seeks to provide the knowledge and understanding of election observation methodology for assessing pre-election, election and post-election periods.


The course targets participants with background in Legal, Gender, Security, Media and Communications, Electoral Operations, Human Rights, Political Science, Conflict Management and any other relevant knowledge or experience.


This course is designed as a capacity building opportunity to help equip long term election observers to participate in LTEOM for ECOWAS and other election observation missions


Facilitation is interactive, using the adult learning methodology of collaborative problem-based approach. It consists of mini lectures, small group activities, panel discussions, brainstorming, case studies, and simulations. The course will have simultaneous interpretation in both English and French


The programme will bring together a team of facilitators and resource persons made up of subject matter experts, practitioners, trainers and advocates from the Continent and beyond.


The course covers a total of eleven (11) modules. They are as follows:

MODULE 1: Institutional Perspective on LTEOM
MODULE 2: International and Regional obligations and Commitments for Elections.
MODULE 3: Election Principles and Framework for Analysis
MODULE 4: Structure and Roles of LTEOM and LTO Activities
MODULE 5: Elections in Peace Building Initiatives
MODULE 6: LTO Reporting and Briefing
MODULE 7: Code of Conduct for LTOs
MODULE 8: Technology in LTO Activities
MODULE 9: Technology in Elections               
MODULE 10. Security in LTEOMs
MODULE 11: Recruitment for LTO Assignments


All expenses for the course participants are covered by the Centre as the pilot course is sponsored by GIZ (airfare, feeding, accommodation and tuition will be provided at the Centre for the duration of the programme). Participants are however required to show proof of having health insurance cover for the training period

Applicants should submit their applications not later than Wednesday June 15, 2017.

To apply, please click the link to complete an application form or call Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext 1012 for further assistance.


Call for Applications: Executive Master of Arts Degree Course in Conflict Peace and Security
11 April 2017 - 30 June 2017


Call for Applications: Cyber Security Course
07 April 2017 - 05 August 2017


Call for Applications: The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute Courses (WAPI))
03 April 2017 - 30 June 2017

Target Group:
CSOs, Academia, Governmental Agencies, Security Sector, Inter-Governmental Organizations (IG0s) such as ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations, Private Practitioners, Students (Tertiary) and Corporate Organizations

Course Language: English and French

Application Deadline    30 June , 2017


The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) is a practice-based highly interactive and intensive training program organized by the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in partnership with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) towards the fulfilment of their shared vision of a stable and peaceful Africa. WAPI offers various courses aimed at addressing contemporary and emerging peace and security challenges.

WAPI was established in 2002 to provide specialized, intensive, and culturally sensitive training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding to a varied array of critical stakeholders in the field of peace and security from West Africa and worldwide. Since its establishment, WAPI has trained over 500 practitioners in Peacebuilding Paradigms; Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Management; Human Security and Development; Dialogue and Mediation; Youth and Peace Education; Gender and Peacebuilding, Early warning and Early response among others.




This course introduces participants to peacebuilding practice and improves their understanding of concepts, theories and praxis of peace and security. The course outline has been designed to follow in the sequence that leads from understanding conflicts to the analysis of conflicts; and provides conceptual clarifications on the various elements of peacebuilding and human security. The course aims to equip agencies, organizations and practitioners working in conflict, crisis and post-war stabilization and recovery with skills and knowledge to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainable impact of their programs. Experience from the field has shown that actors in peacebuilding often face significant gaps/challenges in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their projects, leading to limited or unsustainable impact. The course provides comprehensive and in-depth training to support organizations, agencies and practitioners at all levels: from project development through design, planning, implementation to evaluation. Most importantly, it is an operational program: participants bring actual projects they are working on in their institutions and are supported to learn and apply effective skills for designing peacebuilding program for sustainable impact.

Key elements of the course:

•    Dynamics of Peace and Security in West Africa
•    Key Global, Continental and Regional Normative Frameworks for Peace and Security
•    Key concepts in Peace and Security Assessments
•    Introduction to Peacebuilding Program Cycle
•    Conflict sensitive programming
•    Overview of Project Management
•    Project Management process
•    Monitoring and Evaluation in the Project Life cycle
•    Theory of change and Results Based Monitoring
•    Planning for results in Conflict Sensitive M&E
•    Monitoring for Results using the Logical frame
•    Resource Mobilization for Peacebuilding Program
•    Proposal writing as part of Resource Mobilisation
•    Procurement Processes and Financial Management



This course examines the nexus of human security, peacebuilding and development. It particularly strengthen the capacity of course participants in using preventive peacebuilding strategies to anticipate and manage issues relating to human security in Africa. It further provides participants with the capacity to analyze human security issues as they relate to daily life experiences of families, groups and communities on the continent in general, but in West Africa in particular.

Key Elements of the course:
•    Human Security: Overview, Evolution, Conceptual clarifications
•    Contemporary peace and security threats; Natural resource governance and conflict management, agro-pastoralist conflict, political transitions and gendered perspectives relating to these contemporary threats
•    Normative Frameworks for Peace and security
•    Democracy, Human rights and inclusive governance
•    Migration and border security management
•    Trans-national organised crimes
•    Environmental security
•    Conflict sensitive development



Peace and security perspectives over the years have tended to focus on youth as a vulnerable section of the population who are either victims or perpetrators of violence and crime. However, over the years, it has become evident that the youth have made significant impacts in peace and security at various levels. This course recognises the role of youth in peacebuilding initiatives and aims to strengthen participants’ understanding of the legal and normative frameworks for Youth in Peace and Security. It seeks to interrogate the victimisation conversations around youth and to highlight the potential in the youth agency. It will therefore focus on the youth as critical actors in long term transformative and preventive mechanisms as well as in the broader goals within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The issues will be examined within the context of the West African region, but also draw on experiences and models from other parts of Africa and the world at large.

Key Elements of the course:

•    Understanding the notion of Youth and related concepts
•    Normative frameworks on youth, peace and security (UN,AU,ECOWAS)
•    Youth vulnerability and Security Challenges (migration, violent extremism, transnational organised crime etc.)
•    Deconstructing the Youth, Peace and Security discourse
•    Youth Agency and the SDGs
•    Youth Non-violent Activism and resilience
•    Inclusivity in peace, security and development



While dialogue and mediation has been identified and utilized as critical tool for addressing conflicts and ensuring peaceful coexistence, the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the process remains low. This course builds capacity of participants in the design and processes for effective dialogue and mediation. The course adopts a hands-on approach, allowing participants to develop and work on a case study in order to appreciate the ‘nitty-gritty’ of dialogue and mediation
Key elements of the course:

•    Introduction and conceptual frameworks: Normative Mediation Frameworks in the Context of African Conflicts- UN, AU and ECOWAS
•    The nexus between theory and practice of dialogue and mediation
•    Mediation Tracks (An overview of CSOs mediation efforts, ECOWAS Mediation Processes, African Union Mediation processes, The UN and Mediation efforts)
•    Types and Principles of Dialogue and Mediation
•    Communication and Facilitation skills
•    Conflict Analysis  
•    Getting to the Table
•    At the Table: Dialogue and Mediation Skills
•    Getting to and Reviewing Agreements
•    Follow-up and monitoring of outcomes (Sustaining outcomes)



Gender roles have contributed to discrimination and oppression across the region and globally. This course recognises that conflicts affect men and women differently. In this regard, the effective participation of both in peace processes is crucial to sustainable peace. The course looks at how gender discrimination has resulted in inequities in the participation of men and women in peace processes. In order to address these inequities, the course also seeks to provide gender perspectives in peacebuilding and equip participants with the skills for gender analysis.  This course is structured to challenge thinking so as to enable understanding of the significant role of both men and women in conflict and peace processes.

Key Elements of the course:

•    The concept of Gender
•    Contemporary discourses around gender, peacebuilding and development
•    Gender and Violent Extremism
•    Inclusivity in   Peacebuilding and Decision Making
•    Normative and legal frameworks on gender, peace and security
•    Gender, Peace Support Operations and post conflict reconstruction



Early warning is about assessing the likelihood of violent conflicts, the possibility of a resurgence or escalation of violence and identifying the windows of opportunities for peace and stability. This course provides analytical frameworks for understanding the nature, causes, dynamics and actors of conflict; developing skills for developing indicators, monitoring, analyzing, and reporting conflict and human security. It also exposes participants to the skills for communicating early warning reports and developing response options/strategies.  Particular focus is placed on how to conduct and write risk assessment reports, policy briefs; monitor and report qualitative and quantitative early warning indicators, and mobilize strategic, integrated responses to prevent conflicts or relapse to violence.

Key Elements of the course:

•    Evolution of Early Warning
•    Introduction to EW Concepts
•    Early Warning Pillars and Models
•    Continental, Regional and National and Community EW Systems
•    Overview of Early Warning Methodology and Application
•    Developing Indicators and Conflict Monitoring processes
•    Engendering Early Warning
•    Analysis and Scenario Building
•    Early Warning outputs and Audience
•    Response Planning & Mobilization

Course Objectives
  • To develop action-oriented capacity for conflict transformation and peacebuilding
  • To increase the number of competent, informed and active peacebuilding practitioners in West Africa and worldwide
  • To provide quality training in peacebuilding at a reduced cost
  • To develop context specific and indigenous models of conflict transformation and peacebuilding that can be integrated with existing models.
  • To bridge the gap between policy and practice in peacebuilding.

Expected Outcomes

To enhance knowledge and expertise on peacebuilding and conflict prevention to contribute to effective transformation of conflicts and mitigating the impact of contemporary and emerging peace and security threats.

Target Group

CSOs, Academia, Governmental Agencies, Security Sector, Inter-Governmental Organizations (IG0s) such as ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations, Private Practitioners, Students (Tertiary) and Corporate Organizations.

The selection process will strive to achieve gender balance of participants as much as possible.


Faculty members of WAPI are highly experienced and renowned academics and practitioners with practical knowledge and experience in the area of Peace and Security as well as Development and International Affairs. WAPI provides the platform for them to impart the knowledge and wealth of experiences acquired in the field with others. The faculty will adopt various methodologies including a number of learner-centered approaches including group work, debates and other experiential learning sessions. These will be interspersed with film shows, presentations and panel discussions led by seasoned practitioners.


Participants will be required to undergo an assessment during the period of training as a prerequisite to receiving a certificate.


The cost per course is USD 1000 (One Thousand US Dollars) and includes tuition, course material, catering, accommodation, and certification.

Interested participants can apply for a maximum of three (3) courses with one course per session as courses in each session run concurrently.

  • Course Language: The course is conducted in English and French through simulta-neous interpretation
  • Accommodation: It is a residential course and course participants will be accommo-dated at the KAIPTC.
  • Insurance: KAIPTC and WANEP do NOT accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or other insurance. Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own in-surance coverage for the duration of the training.
  • Visa: Costs for visa are NOT covered by KAIPTC or WANEP and must be covered by the participant. Visa applications must be organized by the participant.

How to Apply

To apply for the course, please go to this web address:

The web address will take you to the Course Application page on the KAIPTC’s Learning Management System (LMS). Please read and follow the instructions on the course application page carefully and exactly to be able to submit your application for the course.

NOTE: All applications must be completed fully. Partially completed applications will NOT be considered in the selection process.

For further information on the provisional course overview click here:
Provisional course overview


Contacts at KAIPTC and WANEP
For administrative issues:
Ms Marylyn Akabutu
Training Coordinator
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1012
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana

For course content issues only:
Colonel Anita Asmah
Course Director, Kofi Annan International
Peace Keeping Training Center, Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 (0) 302 718 200 Ext. 1140
Omit (0) when calling from outside Ghana
Mobile: +233 (0) 2243136614

Beatrice Anowah Brew
Programe Officer, Research & Capacity Building/ WAPI Coordinator
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)- Regional
Mobile: +233 246193188;;
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Call for Applications: Human Rights Training for Multidimensional Peace Operations
24 March 2017 - 13 August 2017

"We will not enjoy security without development, we will not enjoy development without security, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights."
– Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent. They are applicable during peacetime but also during armed conflicts and post-conflict environments currently scattered around the African continent such as Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, Libya, South Sudan, Somalia to name a few. Many of the worst human rights abuses occur in places such as such as these since the Rule of Law is weak or non- existent. Indeed, violations of human rights are often a cause, as well as a consequence, of weak states. Indiscriminate attacks, massacres and extrajudicial executions –inherently in violation of the fundamental right to life - are not uncommon to conflict and post-conflict environments. Neither is rape, sexual exploitation of women and girls, child soldier recruitment, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary imprisonment, widespread impunity, forced displacement and the persecution of minorities and vulnerable groups. A conflict habitually leads to the collapse of public infrastructure, functioning government institutions and the rule of law. This undermines the protection not only of civil and political rights, but also of a range of economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to health, housing and education. Most people found I conflict or post conflict environments are unaware of their rights and as such, have no idea when these rights are violated. This should never be allowed to stand.

Course rationale

•    To address the existing training gaps in the field by providing fundamental knowledge and skills needed for effective and efficient human rights monitoring, documentation and reporting required for evidence based response.
•    To equip human rights officers deployed or to be deployed in multi-dimensional peace operations with operational knowledge and skills to fulfill their mandates

Course aim

This course is aimed at building and enhancing the capacities of the various actors involved in multi-dimensional peace operations to ensure human rights compliance, address human rights violations and mainstream human rights principles and practices.

Learning objectives

•    Enhance participants’ ability to understand, identify and apply international legal, policy and institutional frameworks for the promotion and protection of human rights.
•    Provide participants with practical skills and strategies to advocate and support the implementation of human rights mandates.
•    Expose participants to the challenges of human rights promotion and protection and equip them with the knowledge and skills required to overcome them.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

    Identify and use international human rights legal, policy and institutional frameworks in their work;
    Apply the principles, steps and strategies of human rights monitoring, investigating, documenting and reporting in their work
    Improve working relationships with partners by leveraging capabilities and networks; and
    Determine and suggest the most appropriate/effective and efficient strategies for human rights advocacy

Target group

1.    The primary target audience for the course are UN, AU and REC deployed human rights field officers;
2.    Individuals on UN, AU and REC deployment rosters; and 
3.    Individuals and organisations interested in or working on human rights.

Delivery Methodology

The methodology for the delivery of the course will be the Collaborative Problem Based Learning (CPBL). A combination of the following approaches/tools will be used for facilitating the Course:

    Presentations;
    Lectures;
    Simulations;
    Group exercises/presentations;
    Case studies;
    Role plays;
    Videos; and
    A final exercise.

Modules of the course

1.    M0: Introduction: Human Rights for Multidimensional Peace Support Operations
2.    M 1:   Human Rights Frameworks and Mandates
3.    M2 : Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting Human Rights
4.    M3 : Communicating and Advocating Human Rights 
5.    M4:  Working with Local Partners
6.    M5 : Protection of Civilians: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for 3 hours;
7.    M6: Strategies and Best Practices for Protecting Vulnerable Groups for 4 hours45 minutes;
8.    M7: Final Simulation Exercise (A global case study: Lalmaland)

Course dates

25th - 29th Sept. 2017

Course fees

Applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable commitment fee of 500 USD, and buy a round trip ticket to attend the course here in Accra.


Application links

Application deadline
Aug. 13th 2017