ANNOUNCING: Protection of Individuals and Groups in Africa


In recent decades, the landscape of peacekeeping and crisis management missions has evolved significantly, with a notable rise in multidimensional operations that incorporate a strong civilian component. While virtually all operations were initially organised under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), recent years have witnessed the proliferation of non-UN-led operations promoted by regional organisations, such as the EU and the African Union.

Human rights field work, such as monitoring, reporting, protection, and promotion, has become an integral aspect of these missions, reflecting a global commitment to safeguarding fundamental freedoms in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Appropriate training for human rights experts working in crisis management is crucial to address the complexities of modern peacekeeping, the increasing number of actors within it, and changing legal frameworks.

To empower the human rights officers working in Africa, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is organising a training course on international standards for the protection of individuals and groups. The training is a collaboration between SSSA and two local beneficiaries, the Foundation for Peace and Solidarity and the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC).

This course is organised under the EUCTI umbrella in Yaoundé, Cameroon, between 29 April and 3 May 2024. It aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals already working or soon to be deployed as human rights experts in crisis management missions (UN, AU).

* At the beginning of the EUCTI project, its partners set a goal for themselves: to build the capacity of training organisations in third countries – in particular non-EU CSDP contributing countries, Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership and member states of the African Union. The purpose of this activity is to better plan the training efforts for training their personnel to participate in international missions. In this way, EUCTI can contribute to a global exchange of best practices and lessons learned, thus supporting the international community of practitioners.