Multimedia Release: AMISOM collaborates with Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping training centre to train senior officers in Monitoring and Evaluation for Peace Support Operations

October 6, 2021

Senior officials across the military, police, and civilian components of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), are attending a five-day training programme curated on Monitoring Evaluation and Learning for Peace Support Operations in Africa (MELPAC) by trainers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), from Ghana.

The training is facilitated by the AU Political Affairs Peace and Security (PAPS) Department, the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). 

At the opening in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Deputy Head of AMISOM, Simon
Mulongo, said as a Mission it was important to learn best practices to ensure
AMISOM delivers effectively on its mandate.
“As a mission we will continue to improve on our monitoring and evaluation
mechanisms to ensure the best use of resources and effective output”, he said.
The Commandant of the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre, Maj. General
Francis Ofori, said the training had been tailored specifically to support Peace
Support Operations Missions across Africa.
He said: “This training has been designed within the context of Africa and the
challenges peacekeepers encounter in ensuring a secure and stable continent”.
A facilitator and lead trainer from the AU Political Affairs Peace and Security
Department, Ken Abotsi, mentioned that improving on monitoring and evaluation
mechanisms was important to ensuring accountability, transparency, and judicious
use of resources.
“We want to see an AMISOM that has a learning system which gives feedback in
terms of processes, strategies, challenges and successes in achieving its mandate.
Systems and processes can always be improved, and we want to ensure that
AMISOM is effectively improving on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness”, he
The lead facilitator from KAIPTC, Colonel Wellington Attipoe-Dumashie, said the
training modules had been developed in response to a needs assessment conducted
by KAIPTC in 2019, for both the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS) on how best to improve evaluation and monitoring
mechanisms to support Peace Support Operations.

“In the short term our goal is to build the capacities of the staff of AMISOM. In the
medium to long term, we hope to see Monitoring and Evaluation professionalized
and institutionalized in the Mission,” said Col. Attipoe-Dumashie.