Supporting Peace and Security Management in Africa through capacity building, research, policy dialogue and professional development (IPSS III)
The main objective of the Institute for Peace and Security (IPSS) work is to support peace and security management in Africa with a particular emphasis on prevention, management and resolution. The project aims especially to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for effective management of peace and Security in Africa through planned focus activities.
Through the implementation of this project, IPSS expects the following results at national, regional and continental levels:
- Trained Master and PhD Students with in-depth theoretical knowledge and empirical research experience on peace and security in Africa ? since 2007 300 students were enrolled in the MA in Peace and Security Studies, 200 graduated; target value: An additional 30 students graduate from the programme each year, increasing the total number of graduates to over 300 by 2020;
- Coordination, coherence and improved strategies to address security challenges in the pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa;
- Enhanced capacity for networking and dialogue of African decision makers, peace and security stakeholder groups and their larger constituency in defining African-centred solutions in the field of peace and security ? for example: on National Level: 3 research projects on national conflicts per year, 5 papers and 1 publication per year on topical Horn of Africa Migration Research; on Africa level: 1 conflict mapping per year, 6 policy briefs and 4 policy analysis per year of which at least one focuses on gender in peace and security;
- Peace and security reports create awareness, initiate dialogue and contribute to policy and political decision-making interventions on the continent ? for example: 12 country profiles/factsheets developed per year with gender indicator for each country/factsheet, 1 annual state peace and security report;
- Multi project stakeholders deepen their knowledge, acquire new skills, share experiences, expand and strengthen their networks through various social and traditional media platforms with the view of tackling challenging peace and security issues confronting the continent ? organization of the annual Tana High-Level Forum on Peace and Security in Africa: representation from over 10 Tana Forum partners, at least 25% of participants are women;
- Sustainable partnerships implement joint mutually agreed projects and activities to maximise peace and security intervention on the continent ?10 partners currently have a signed MoU for Joint projects with IPSS; target value: an additional 2 MoUs are signed per year.
Direct beneficiaries of the project activities are the Association of African Universities (AAU) community of practice and the African Union (AU) and its subsidiaries as well as members of the regional organisations as well as civil society organisations (about 20.000 people). Other organisations and their members working in the field of peace and security and the general public are considered as the secondary beneficiaries.
The following activities will be undertaken:
- Education and Professional Development;
- Policy dialogues;
- Peace and Security reports and publications;
- Communication and Profile Management;
- Special Projects and Partnerships.
The relationship between peace, security and development impacts on Africa's development trajectory. One cannot prosper without the other.
Peace, stability and growth are also linked to socio-economic development and human security. By investing in activities that promote conflict prevention and post-conflict stabilisation, the project directly links and contributes to the nexus between peace, stability, human security and socio-economic development on the continent.
The Institute for Peace and Security Studies was founded with a vision of a premier higher learning and research institution on peace and security studies. Recalling the African Union Executive Council decision to take up the intellectual challenge of finding African led solutions to peace and security in Africa.