Innovative training programme on governance, diplomacy, peace and security
In the process of implementing ACORD’s Community Peace Reconciliation and Recovery programme, and through interactions with administrators and government officials at both national and county level, it has become apparent that there is need to address the link between good governance, diplomacy, peace and security. National and county governments and regional organizations need to be exposed to not only the local dynamics of peace building but also to the bigger picture, that is to key institutions such as the African Governance Architecture. There is need to deepen as well as expand their capacities to address issues of peace and conflict from a good governance and diplomacy perspective. This also implies the need to improve and enhance communication, negotiation and analytical skills for personnel involved in Peace Support Operations (PSO).
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In order to meet the needs above and increase the impact of our CPRR work, ACORD partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammerarbeit (GIZ), International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Peace building Directorate to deliver the Governance Diplomacy for Peace and Security (GDPS) training course. The aim of the course was to raise awareness, develop knowledge, skills and expertise of the various regional organizations and government departments, working in thematic area of governance, diplomacy, peace and security. The GDPS programme seeks to prepare participants to meet current and future challenges in national and regional governance, diplomacy, peace and security, strengthening their ability to improve the impact of systematic analysis response, effective communication, dialogue and cooperation.
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During the opening session of the GDPS course on June 15, 2015 at the IPSTC, ACORD’s Executive Director, Mr Ousainou Ngum, informed participants that the challenge we face today in evidence-based practice to support peace is less a lack of knowledge about what leads to peace and more a challenge of understanding how all the different predictors fit together. He posed the question of how research and experience amongst various actors can be brought together to provide a coherent lens that helps us understand what causes violent conflict and how to prevent it.
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By way of contributing to the emergent need for connections to be drawn between Governance, Diplomacy, Peace and Security, the GDPS training course is both practice and knowledge-oriented. It consists of a series of specialized modules and takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, over a period of four weeks. The course construct consisted of three parts: the first was a distance-learning module; the second was a residence section and lastly a distance-learning part.
Participants were drawn from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, EAC, as well as Administration Police, County Government, IGAD and Civil Society Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations.
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The course had the following five learning outcomes:
- To develop increased knowledge of issues relating to governance, peace and security in Kenya, Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa.
- To develop increased knowledge of needs, challenges, and opportunities of the national security architecture and how it relates to African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
- To develop increased Knowledge of crosscutting issues in peace and security such as governance, human security, gender and their implications with respect to participant responsibilities.
- To develop skills in practical methods and tools for improving and strengthening the work for peace and security and to apply them in their own institutions, impacting on the country and region.
- To strengthen networks between organizations working on peace and security at local, national and regional levels.