The project was established in 2009 and builds on the extensive experience of the ASPR in national and international capacity-building and training activities.
It is designed to provide experts from governments, civil society, international organisations and the private sector with comprehensive approaches to Peacebuilding, Security Sector Reform, and the Protection of Civilians (POC).
On the basis of a human security approach, participants' capacity for strategic planning and the implementation of relevant tasks either from their home base in international or national governmental or non-governmental organisations or in a leading position in the field should be improved. In addition, mutual understanding and cooperation between academics, policy and decision-makers as well as practitioners and activists should be enhanced through joint training activities and events.
In the framework of this project ASPR offers training courses, workshops, and conferences, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports and other partners.
The annual programme currently includes two courses on Security Sector Reform (SSR) and one course on Peacebuilding, both offered under the umbrella of the Academic Programme of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). Since 2012, the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (POC) has been included into the project as an additional topic highly relevant to the work of the United Nations as well as to regional organizations such as the African or European Union.
The civil-military training programme is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports.