The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme has been invited by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to participate in their pre-deployment training for troops to be deployed to the United Nations Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI). The training will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 6-10 March, and the modules on Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) will be presented by the Programme at the course.
The TfP in Africa Programme (www.trainingforpeace.org) works in the field of peacekeeping capacity building, and there are four partner organisations: the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) (www.issafrica.org) , the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) (www.kaiptc.org) , the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (www.nupi.no) and ACCORD.
TfP ACCORD has conducted DDR training to the SANDF, since 2003, when it conducted an in-mission DDR course for the African Mission in Burundi (AMIB) in November 2003. The TfP Programme was also requested in 2004 to design and conduct a pre-deployment training course for peace monitors with a focus on DDR, and contributed significantly to the conceptual development of the DDR training.
This pre-deployment course will inform the peace monitors about the complex peace operations environment within which they will have to operate, the DDR process they will have to monitor, and the civil-military relations that underpin the DDR process and the peace operation as a whole. In addition the peace monitors will be given instruction in conflict management and negotiation skills.
The Programme is funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is indeed thankful for the support received to make these training initiatives possible.