The Training for Peace in Africa programme (TfP) is an international peacekeeping capacity building and policy development initiative. Its primary purpose is to contribute towards the building of civilian and police capacities for the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). Within the programme NUPI’s main responsibility is research and policy development, in cooperation with African partners who conduct the training and capacity building projects as well as research.
NUPI’s research seeks to contribute to the development of doctrine for peace operations, knowledge building and lessons learned from peacekeeping operations on the African continent, development of civilian and police peacekeeping know-how and capacity on peacekeeping operations and analysis of African states and the African security architecture.
At NUPI the programme focuses on three areas of priority:
In addition, NUPI’s activities in the programme are informed by the cross-cutting themes of gender and sexual based violence and North/South relations.
The programme consists of an international network of partners including the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the African Civilian Response Capacity for Peace Support Operations (AFDEM) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.
The programme is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To learn more about the programme, visit www.trainingforpeace.org
The project seeks to generate knowledge on the challenges facing civilian capacities within UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, as well as recommending ways in which they can be addressed. More
This project will focus on synergies and challenges of the transition between peacekeeping and peacebuilding. More
This project seeks to contribute to ongoing process of mainstreaming the Protection of Civilians into the African Peace and Security Architecture. More
The project builds on earlier fieldwork in the DRC and the security sector reform (SSR) processes in the country. The project will examine the development of a Congolese security sector as the major perpetrator group of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). More
The Hybridization of Peace Operations in Africa and the Protection of Civilians: Towards Coherent Doctrines?
This project will investigate how the ongoing UN/AU hybrid mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the current operational restraints of African forces pose challenges to the emerging doctrine of integrated UN missions, as well as the practical challenges encountered at the doctrinal level in terms of standardizing two different rationales (AU and UN) into a common doctrine. More
The aim of the study is to consolidate the knowledge available on the practice and training towards an efficient protection of civilians in peace operations by civilians and police personnel. More
- de Coning, Cedric H., John Karlsrud, Ingrid Marie Breidlid (2013). Turning to the South: Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict, url]
- Sending, Ole Jacob, Andreas Stensland
(2013). Unpacking the “Culture of Protection”: A Political Economy Analysis of UN Protection of Civilians ,
in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice..Baden-Baden,Nomos.p. 63-88.The chapter demonstrates how different institutional actors – such as OHCA, ICRC, and OHCHR – all advance different interpretations of “protection” in order to further their respective institutional interests. Because the term “protection” is a vehicle to advance different, even conflicting, institutional interests it is unlikely that there will be greater conceptual clarity in the foreseeable future. [url]
- de Carvalho, Benjamin , Ole Jacob Sending
(2013). Introduction: A Concern with Protection,
in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice..Baden-Baden,Nomos.p. 17-23.The authors argue that we have witnessed the emergence of a new discourse on the protection of civilians over the past decade. Grounded in the practice of peacekeeping in UN missions, this discourse and evolving norms has sought to distance itself from the rather rigid understanding of protection of civilians as understood in International Humanitarian Law, focusing instead on practical challenges on the ground. [url]
- Schia, Niels Nagelhus, Benjamin de Carvalho,
(2013). Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the Rule of Law in Liberia,
in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice..Baden-Baden,Nomos. [url]
- de Carvalho, Benjamin , Ole Jacob Sending [ed.] (2013). The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Baden-Baden, Nomos. 206 pages. This edited volume explores the Protection of Civilians (PoC) and offers comparisons and in-depth studies of protection mandates in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa. The book seeks to show that however PoC is defined at headquarters level, successful implementation must rest on an understanding of the limits and challenges encountered in mission, on the ground.
- Schia, Niels Nagelhus (2013). Horseshoe and Catwalk – Power and Complexity in the United Nations Security Council. NUPI Working Paper: 816. 14 pages. This working paper is part of a project in which the author aims to explain why peacebuilding is a cumbersome and not always successful project by investigating power relations in the UN (United Nations) and the complexity of this organization. The working paper also discusses to what extent and how anthropology can extract the general from the unique - the notion of generalizability.
- Karlsrud, John
(2013). Responsibility to Protect and Theorising Normative Change in International Organisations: From Weber to the Sociology of Professions,
in Global Responsibility to Protect 5 (1).Brill . [url]
- de Coning, Cedric H., Walter Lotze
(2013). South Africa,
in Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams (eds.) Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contribution s..Oxford,Oxford University Press.This chapter is one of sixteen country studies in the book, and it examines why South Africa contributes peacekeepers, the factors that inhibit contributions, and ways in which the UN might strengthen its capacity to secure more and better peacekeepers. [url]
- Sverdrup, Ulf , Joakim Hertzberg Ulstein, Mikkel Frøsig Pedersen, Halvard Leira, Ståle Ulriksen (2013). Norske interesser - sett fra utestasjonene. Oslo, NUPI. 43 pages.
- Karlsrud, John , Diana Felix da Costa
(2013). The Elusive Concept of Protection of Civilians: A Case-Study of the United Nations Mission to the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT),
In de Carvalho, B. & Sending, O.J., (eds.), The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping.Concept, Implementation and Practice.Baden-Baden ,Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. [url]