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Call for Applications: Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
27 September 2016

Application deadline: 9th October, 2016

Course Date: 14th to 25th November 2016 in Accra, Ghana


The multinational military operation in Libya in 2011 was the first coercive intervention to be justified under the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine. The core tenet of R2P, unanimously endorsed by members of the United Nations (UN) in 2005, is that every state has a responsibility to protect its inhabitants from mass atrocities and that this responsibility may fall to the broader international community ‘should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity’. Over the years, African Regional Organizations have sought to incorporate preventive and reactive measures to these mass atrocities. However, in spite of Africa’s critical contributions in the development of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), there appears to be a lack of knowledge and information among key stakeholders and practitioners on what this norm is about. The concept has been a key element of international debate with a lot of controversies in its application and implementation. To contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the need to clarify the concept of R2P and also fill the gap in knowledge and information, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in collaboration with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) and the Danish Government will run a two-week course to provide the necessary professional training, requisite knowledge as well as the basic information on the concept of R2P. 

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to train African Policy makers, Government officials, Military, Police and personnel from Civil Society Organizations on the concept of R2P and its implementation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Course, participants will be able to:

•    Deepen their understanding of the historical background of the R2P norm, which cases have shaped its genesis, and which other concepts are related, but different, to the R2P norm;
•    Identify and assess the legal status of R2P;
•    Enhance their understanding of how R2P is both historically and conceptually linked to African thinking and practice;  
•    Understand why prevention is essential to R2P and how R2P-prevention is different from conflict prevention;
•    Identify factors which can help to make R2P prevention effective, including institutional arrangements, processes and the roles of various actors in society as well as post-conflict efforts;
•    Identify relevant actors to be involved in R2P prevention;
•    Be able to distinguish between Protection of Civilians (POC) and R2P and identify their respective key elements;
•    Identify and critically analyze challenges and controversies that generally can arise in the context of implementing R2P. 

Course Content

a.   The Foundations and Evolution of R2P.
b.   Normative and Legal Foundations. 
c.   R2P and Africa: National, Transnational, Regional and Continental Arrangements and Practice.
d.   R2P, Prevention and Early Warning. 
e.    Risks and vulnerabilities.
f.    Post-conflict rebuilding and reconciliation.
g.    Peace vs. Justice (ICC and special courts).
h.    The role of the media. 
i.    R2P, Protection of Civilians and Military/Security Sector. 
j.   R2P – Issues, Controversies and Challenges (case study). 
f.    R2P Simulation.

Teaching Methods

The Collaborative Problem-based learning approach will be used in the delivery of the Course. A combination of tools such as lectures, case studies, small group work exercises, Q & A and simulation will be used to illustrate and clarify the concept of the Responsibility to Protect under the guidance of a team of experienced facilitators. Participants on the Course will be required to fully participate in the course to earn a certificate. 

Target Group

•    Policy makers of governments in Africa in Security;
•    Military, Police and Civilian peacekeepers;
•    Non-Governmental Organisations;
•    Representatives from the Regional (AU) or Sub-Regional Economic Communities (RECs); 
•    Representatives from the National Peace Councils; 
•    Civil Society Organisations;
•    Officials of the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice.

Course Fees

Each participant shall be required to pay a non refundable commitment fee of $500 USD (five hundred US Dollars). KAIPTC shall be responsible for participant’s external (within Africa) travel, accommodation and feeding during the duration of the course.

Relevant Information

•    The course will be conducted ONLY in English;
•    All participants will have to proof adequate health insurance coverage prior to the commencement of the Course. KAIPTC will not bear any costs caused by illness or accident.

How to Apply

Only fully completed applications that are submitted via the application portal will be considered. 

Please click here to apply

Application deadline: 9th October, 2016


Marylyn Akabutu                        
Training Coordinator                        
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