Training for Peace (TfP)

2020 - 2025 (Ongoing)
Research programme

The Training for Peace Programme (TfP Programme) is an international programme that contributes towards capacity building within the broader ambit of peace operations in Africa. Since 1995, the programme has worked, through civil society institutions, to strengthen civilian and police capacity for United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peace operations. With its focus on training, rostering, policy support and applied research, the TfP Programme has contributed actively to placing the multi-dimensional aspects of peacekeeping on the agenda, including issues related to the protection of civilians, youth, peace and security and women, peace and security.

In its new phase (2020-2025) the TfP will strengthen its partnership and collaboration with the African Union, by providing applied research, policy support and capacity-building. The programme will support the AUC and its partners to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts and promote stability in Africa.

The TfP consists of an international network of partners including the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). 

The Training for Peace programme is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

TfP’s key thematic areas for the 2020-2025 phase include:

  1. 1. AU peace operations capacities;
  2. 2. AU efforts to countering global security threats in Africa; and
  3. 3. AU preventive diplomacy, resilience building, political conflict management and mediation, reconciliation and peacebuilding.

Within the programme NUPI’s main responsibility is research and policy development. NUPI’s research seeks to contribute to the development of doctrine for peace support operations (PSOs), knowledge building and lessons learned from African PSOs, civilian and police know-how, the financing and support of African PSOs and ongoing monitoring and analysis of the implementation and progress of the African Peace and Security Architecture.

NUPI’s activities in the programme will also prioritise efforts to integrate gender and youth perspectives in the analytical work, policy support and capacity development as a cross-cutting issue.

To learn more about the programme, visit: www.trainingforpeace.org

Events

  • From the OAU to the AU: Twenty years of lessons learned towards silencing the guns , June 29, 2021
  • Virtual Roundtable: Shifting from External Dependency: Remodelling the G5 Sahel Joint Force for the Future , June 16. 2022
  • Lunch with Former President Chissano: As part of an official visit to Oslo, Former President Joaquim Alberto Chissano visited NUPI on 20 June, 2022. The President met with NUPI´s colleagues from the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme and the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) for lunch, where they engaged in an enriching conversation about H.E. Presient Chissano´s experiences as an advocate for African peace and security. TfP colleagues were able to exchange ideas in which TfP can continue to support the work of the AU in the future.
  • The evolving conflict and security environment in Africa: The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme was pleased to welcome the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), H.E Ambassador Bankole Adeoye on 23rd June, for an open discussion on the evolving conflict and security environment in Africa.

News

Meeting about the evolving conflict and security environment in Africa

June 23, 2022

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme are pleased to welcome the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), H.E Ambassador Bankole Adeoye on 23rd June, for an open discussion on the evolving conflict and security environment in Africa.

Visit with Former President Chissano

June 20, 2022

As part of an official visit to Oslo, Former President Joaquim Alberto Chissano visited NUPI on 20 June, 2022.

Webinar on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan 2022: Risks and opportunities in an uncertain peace process

February 22, 2022

The UN Security Council will renew the mandate of UNMISS in March 2022, marking the tenth renewal of the Mission's mandate since it began in 2011.

Workshop on the Development of an African Union Policy on Stabilisation

January 7, 2022

A three-day workshop that looked at the AU´s efforts towards stabilization, supported by the Training for Peace (TfP) Program, was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 8 - 11 December, 2021.

Validation Workshop on the African Standby Force Guidelines for AU RECs/RMs on Standby

January 7, 2022

A three-day workshop that looked at proposed guidelines for the AU RECs/RMs on the operability of the Standby Force, supported by the Training for Peace (TfP) Program, was held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 30 November - 2 December, 2021.

Discussion with South Africa´s Deputy Foreign Minister. Mr Alvin Botes

March 23, 2022

On 7th March 2022, the Deputy Foreign Minister of South Africa, Mr Alvin Botes, visited the Nobel Peace Centre for a discussion on South Africa´s Foreign Policy and its role in Peace and Security in Africa.

Specialised Advance Stabilisation Course supported by the Training for Peace project

November 2, 2021

A five-day specialised advance stabilisation course supported by the Training for Peace project was held in Ghana, Accra and put on by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre from 18 – 22 October 2021.

News

Do peace operations work? And can they protect civilians?

December 16, 2019

These were some of the questions raised when researchers from the NUPI-led Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) shared their insights in Washington, D.C. and New York.

News

EPON at Stockholm Forum for Peace and Development 2019

May 31, 2019

On 14-16 May 2019, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-hosted the 2019 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development titled ‘From crisis response to peacebuilding: Achieving synergies’.

News

WORLD PEACEKEEPING DAY: UN Peacekeeping at 70

May 28, 2018

UN peacekeeping faces significant challenges and some question whether it can remain relevant, but most countries agree on the importance of the UN as the centrepiece of global governance, and that peacekeeping is its flagship enterprise.

News

Turning point for UN peacekeeping?

March 14, 2017

The UN should stop doing stabilization operations, according to NUPI researchers.

News
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The future of peace in Africa

March 9, 2016

Africa does not need saviors, but partners, according to Cedric de Coning and John Karlsrud, co-editors of the recent book ‘The Future of African Peace Operations: From Janjaweed to Boko Haram’. 

Publications

Publication : Media contribution
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ECOWAS leaders hold an emergency summit in Ghana after a series of coups on the continent

2022
At an emergency summit in Ghana, West African regional group ECOWAS held off on ramping up penalties on Burkina Faso over its military coup. Last month, ...
Publication
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Shifting from External Dependency: Remodelling the G5 Sahel Joint Force for the Future

2022
After a decade of battling jihadist and violent extremist groups in West Africa, France has initiated the restructuring and relocation of its largest ...
Publication
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UNITAMS Mandate Renewal Study: Fostering a Process of Trust and Inclusivity

2022
The United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) was established on 3 June 2020 under UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution ...
Publication : Report
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Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS)

2022
Ahead of the March 2022 renewal of the mandate for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) conducted ...
Publication : Interview
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ECOWAS leaders hold an emergency summit in Ghana after a series of coups on the continent

2022
At an emergency summit in Ghana, West African regional group ECOWAS held off on ramping up penalties on Burkina Faso over its military coup. Last month, ...
Publication : Op-ed

The impact of climate change on Africa’s peace and security

2021
The gradual rise in global temperatures, irregular rainfall and floods have indirect, complex and coherent implications for peace and security. On March ...
Publication : Kronikk

South Sudan’s battle for Democracy

2021
South Sudan’s peace process is still largely up for negotiation. A new South Sudan must emerge through a civilian technocratic government. This will require ...
Publication : Media contribution
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What is triggering military coups in West Africa?

2022
Western and Central Africa have been rocked by a series of military takeovers in the past 18 months. The coups have reversed democratic gains in a region ...
Publication
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Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and The Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary- Ge...

2021
This report assesses the extent to which the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) along with the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary- ...
Publication
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The African Union’s Civilian Strategic Support Group

2022
Since 2006, the African Union has played an active role in strengthening civilian engagement across its Peace Support Operations (PSOs) through the development ...
Publication : Popular scientific article

As the AU tries to contain COVID-19, the virus constrains the AU

2020
The AU cannot simply wait out the coronavirus pandemic: it must adapt and urgently develop new ways of working.
Publication : Popular scientific article

COVID-19 and the African Union

2020
Africa represents the third wave of the spread of COVID-19, but its impact may significantly undermine the reform, programmes and operations of the African ...
Publication : Popular scientific article

The Impact of COVID-19 on Peace Operations

2020
A few weeks ago, peace operations across the world began swiftly adapting to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Missions have been forced to ...
Publication : Report

Predict and prevent: overcoming early warning implementation challenges in UN peace operations

2020
The UN has made progress in the adoption of new technologies to predict and prevent local violence. To maintain the momentum, it needs to continue to ...
Publication : Report

COVID-19 will change the way the UN conducts peacekeeping operations in the future

2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted UN peacekeeping operations. In the short-term, activities have been reduced to the most critical, rotations ...
Publication : Report

COVID-19 and the African Union. Challenges, prospects and side-effects

2020
The African Union is coordinating the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, but the measures introduced are also significantly disrupting ...
Publication

Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

2019
This report assesses the extent to which the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is achieving its current strategic ...
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

The Civilian Casualty Tracking Analysis and Response Cell in the African Union Mission in Somalia: an emerging best practice for AU peace support o...

2019
The Civilian Casualty Tracking Analysis and Response Cell (CCTARC) tracks harm to civilians caused by the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) ...
Publication : ANTOLOGI

Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation

2019
The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental ...
Publication

Introduction: Rapid response mechanisms—strengthening defense cooperation and saving strangers?

2019
The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental ...
Publication

Tangled up in glue: Multilateral crisis responses in Mali

2019
The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental ...
Publication

Conclusion: Military rapid response—from institutional investment to ad hoc solutions

2019
The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental ...
Publication

Africa and UN Peace Operations: Implications for the Future Role of Regional Organisations

2019
Over the last decade and a half, Africa’s peace operations capacity has significantly increased. African states have deployed operations of their own ...
Publication : LEDER

Multinational rapid response mechanisms: Past promises and future prospects

2017
Military rapid response mechanisms are generally understood as troops that are on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame. ...
Publication

The Role of the Civilian Component in African Union Peace Operations

2017
The role of civilians in African Union (AU) peace support operations (PSOs) is still not fully understood. As a result, civilian capacity development ...
Publication : NUPI Report

Strengthening the Peace and Governance Nexus within the African Union. Enhancing synergy between the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and the...

2017
The vision of the African Union (AU) is to achieve “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Peace Enforcement in Africa: Doctrinal distinctions between the African Union and United Nations

2017
When the United Nations (UN) Security Council needs to authorize a peace enforcement operation in Africa, its partner of choice is the African Union (AU). ...
Publication : NUPI Working Paper

Gender Based Violence and Access to Justice: the Case of Ganta, Liberia

2016
Amongst the various civil and criminal issues plaguing post-war Liberia, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prominent. A number ...
Publication : ANTOLOGI

The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram

2016
Facing threats ranging from Islamist insurgencies to the Ebola pandemic, African regional actors are playing an increasingly vital role in safeguarding ...
Publication : NUPI Working Paper

Measuring the Success of Peace Operations: Directions in Academic Literature

2016
  • Mateja Peter
This background paper examines how the academic literature has approached the question of success in peace operations. Here it should be noted that many ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Towards More People-Centric Peace Operations: From ‘Extension of State Authority’ to ‘Strengthening Inclusive State-Society Relations

2015
Periods of conflict erode trust between national and local authorities and the people they govern, a trust that needs to be re-established. As peace operations ...
Publication : KRONIKK
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Europe’s Return to UN Peacekeeping in Africa? Lessons from Mali

2015
In a break from recent tradition, European member states are currently contributing significant military capabilities to a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

The UN at war: examining the consequences of peace-enforcement mandates for the UN peacekeeping operations in the CAR, the DRC and Mali

2015
The UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mali were in 2013 given peace enforcement ...

Projects

Project : Forskningsprosjekt

Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network

NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.
Project : Forskningsprosjekt

Training for Peace 2020 - 2025

In its new phase (2020-2025) the TfP will strengthen its partnership and collaboration with the African Union, by providing applied research, policy support and capacity-building.
Project : Research project

Training for Peace 2011 - 2019

The Training for Peace Programme (TfP Programme) is an international programme that contributes towards capacity building within the broader ambit of peace operations in Africa.

Programme Coordinator

Themes
Africa  Peace operations  Conflict  United Nations  AU  Security policy  Defence  International organizations
Events
Wed 15 Jun 2022
Event
Time: 17:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Zoom

Webinar: Shifting from External Dependency: Remodelling the G5 Sahel Joint Force for the Future

The Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON), Training for Peace (TfP) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) are pleased to invite you to a webinar on the G5 Sahel Joint Force (G5S-JF).

Thu 9 Jun 2022
Event
Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Breakfast seminar: What can we do to ensure peace and security in a new era of complex risk?

Welcome to the launch of this new timely report: ‘Environment of Peace’!

Tue 22 Feb 2022
Event
Time: 16:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Zoom

The UN in South Sudan 2022: Risks and opportunities in an uncertain peace process

The UN Security Council will in March this year renew the mandate of UNMISS marking the tenth renewal of the Mission’s mandate since it began in 2011.

Tue 28 May 2019
Event
Time: 11:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

What is the impact of the UN missions in Mali and South Sudan?

On the occasion of the International Day of Peacekeeping, NUPI has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar with a focus on the effectiveness of the UN missions in Mali and South Sudan.

Wed 12 Dec 2018
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Fragility, conflict and climate change in Mali and Sahel

The combined effects of fragile states, conflict, and climate change pose severe challenges to development and governance. What does this mean for Mali and the larger Sahel region?

Sun 25 Nov 2018
Event
Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

How effective have the peace operations in Somalia, DR Congo and Mali been?

Experts from around the world will take a closer look at how effective UN Peace Operations actually are.

Tue 13 Nov 2018
Event
Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

UN Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix will talk about the status of UN Peace Operations.

Thu 8 Sept 2016
Event
Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: C.J. Hambros plass 2 D

Security and Development Challenges in Africa over the next Decade

Which steps need to be taken by African states to counter increasing development and security challenges?

Tue 24 May 2016
Event
Time: 20:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: International Peace Institute, New York

Consolidating the AU-UN Strategic Partnership for an Effective International Peace and Security Architecture

The International Peace Institute, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and the Nordic Africa Institute are pleased to invite you to a forward-looking policy forum event on the occasion of Africa Day to discuss consolidating the AU-UN strategic partnership. The event will take place at IPI, New York.

Sun 25 Oct 2015
Event
Time: 09:45 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

UN at 70: Peace and Security

This seminar focuses on peace and security, and explores the three recent review processes conducted in this field: the peace operations review, the review of the peacebuilding architecture and the review of the implementation of security council resolution 1325.

Tue 11 Feb 2014
Event
Time: 16:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

The Challenges of Peacebuilding in Liberia

The topic for this seminar is international support to fragile states, looking at the challenges of peacebuilding in Liberia.

Thu 21 Nov 2013
Event
Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: C.J. Hambros plass 2 D

Global Peace Operations 2013: Opportunities and Challenges

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations is the most comprehensive study of peacekeeping and political missions in the public domain today. In this seminar, Review editor Richard Gowan will present the volume and the lessons and challenges it highlights.