Together with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana, the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) is implementing training courses on humanitarian assistance in West Africa.
The training programme forms an integral part of a project, which was initiated in 2012 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (MoEIA), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports (MoDS), and the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) under the framework of a whole-of-government approach, the so-called Austrian 3C initiative. This comprehensive approach aims at the development of a coordinated, coherent, and complementary strategy of state institutions and non-governmental actors in the fields of security and development.
The overarching objective of the project Enhancing Human Security through Capacity Building in humanitarian assistance in West Africa is to promote sustainable development in the ECOWAS region by fostering peace and human security. This contributes to the achievement of several international and regional strategies and frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) as well as the Austrian Development Corporation’s objective of sustainable development for peace and security. The project activities support capacity-building in West Africa to foster local ownership of development initiatives in the field of humanitarian assistant and disaster response.
The implementation of the project commenced in 2013 with the development of the Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa Core Course (HAWA CC), which was piloted in April 2015. The training was jointly designed by the Austrian partners and KAIPTC, with the support of international and regional experts from the United Nations, ECOWAS, NADMO Ghana, Action Aid Nigeria, MSF and others. In early 2016, the second project phase was initiated. Within the two years of duration, the project activities encompass the development and implementation of a Training-of-Trainers in the subject area of humanitarian assistance in West Africa as well as the re-run of the HAWA Core Course.
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana, was officially opened on January 24, 2004 and is one of three institutions designated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a regional Centre of Excellence for the delivery of training and research in the area of peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and security.
The project is funded by the Austrian Agency for Development Cooperation (ADA). The ADA is part of the Austrian foreign policy and supports countries in Africa, Asia, South-East and Eastern Europe and the Caribbean in their sustainable development. It contributes to reducing poverty, protecting natural resources and is committed to promoting peace and human security in the partner countries. West Africa is one of the key regions of the ADA.
The project is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports (FMoDS) through the secondment of an Austrian Officer as course director to the KAIPTC. The cooperation with Ghana is of particular importance to Austria in the fields of conflict resolution, disarmament and security.