296 Peace and Security in Africa

Part 1: 18 May – 5 June, 2015
Part 2: 2-14 November, 2015
Part 1: Uppsala, Sweden
Part 2: South Africa
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
February 15, 2015


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) offers, as part of its bilateral development assistance, Advanced International Training Programmes of strategic importance to the social and economic development in the participants’ countries. The International Training Programmes are specially designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes of strategic importance on different levels and for those holding positions in the home organisation with a mandate to run processes of change. This methodology is based on the assumption that your organisation wishes to carry out changes and is willing to invest own resources to achieve these changes. In the long-term perspective the programmes shall contribute to institutional strengthening and capacity development in the participants’ organisations. Training is focused on support to individual or team plans for change. The change project shall be well established in the participant's organisation and is a basic part of the programme concept. In this brochure you will find information on the specific objectives for this particular programme, its content and structure, and how and when to apply. You will also find an application form.

Many regional inter-governmental organisations active in the area of peace and security on the African continent have created special units for dealing with aspects of armed conflicts, conflict prevention, mediation, peacemaking or peacebuilding. Similar developments can be observed in regional civil society organisations. In this rapid and dynamic process, practitioners have increasingly come to realise the importance of a continuous exchange of knowledge and experience, to improve understanding and performance. To approach this issue a training programme on Peace and Security in Sub-Saharan Africa has been established.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Sida, together with its organising partners, trust that this programme will be of importance to you and hereby invite you to nominate candidates.

Lena Ingelstam, Director, Sida

Magnus Öberg, Head of Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University


The purpose of the programme is to increase the capacity of regional organisations in Sub-Saharan African to prevent, manage and resolve armed conflicts on the continent. Specifically, the programme aims to: 

· Develop increased knowledge on issues relating to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa;

· Develop increased knowledge of practical methods and tools for improving and strengthening the work for peace and security in the region;

· Build capacity and competences to analyse the role of the own organisation in the regional and national work for peace and security;

· Develop increased knowledge about African regional cooperation in the area of peace and security, with particular focus on the roles of the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs);

·Strengthening regional networks between organisations working on peace and security at regional, national and local levels;

· Increase knowledge about and establish contacts with relevant Swedish stakeholders and expertise.


Target Group

The programme specifically targets individuals working at  African inter-governmental or non-governmental regional  organisations (or sub-regional, i.e., working in at least two or  more countries) focusing on issues relating to peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa, and whose work in this field has a  regional relevance and impact.

Please note that, as a rule, individuals working at governmental ministries, academic institutions, NGOs operating solely on  a national basis, or at non-African organisations (International  NGOs) are not eligible for participation in this ITP programme.

In case of questions or concerns about eligibility, please contact  the Programme Secretariat prior to your application.  The programme admits 25 participants. It is primarily  designed for mid-level and senior officials that are qualified  to participate in reform processes of strategic importance at  different levels and holds a position in their organisation with  mandate to run processes of change. It is recommended that  the participants have an educational background corresponding  to a Master’s degree or equivalent and considerable professional  experience in the field of peace and security. Women are particularly  encouraged to apply as the programme aims at equal  gender representation.


The programme is focused on theoretical and practical knowledge about peace and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Special emphasis is placed on the particular challenges posed in various phases of the conflict cycle; mediation and conflict management during an ongoing armed conflict, peacemaking and peacebuilding in the immediate post-war context, and long-term conflict prevention following the ending of a civil war in order to prevent its recurrence.  

We address topical issues such as the causes of civil wars in Africa, regional security complexes, mediation and dialogue in African conflicts, peace processes and peace agreements, regional peacekeeping operations with particular focus on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), including the African Standby Force and other regional instruments for promoting peace and security, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) from a regional perspective, post-war democratisation and election-related violence, and mechanisms for transitional justice and reconciliation. Together we pay particular attention to the different roles played by various actors in these phases, such as inter-governmental organisations, governments and civil society actors, and highlight ‘lessons learned’ and ‘best practices’ in regards to the issues discussed.

The programme also includes lectures and group work focusing on practical tools and methods for change management and capacity development.




Department of Peace and Conflict Research - Uppsala University


Helena Grusell


Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Uppsala University
Att: PASA 2015
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala


+46 18 471 7652



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