Capacity Building and Training for Peace Operations and Conflict Resolution in East Africa

"In East Africa there are five important regional actors involved in peace and conflict management: the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC), The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The demand for peace operations in this region has expanded with the entry of the Somali and the Sudanese crisis into the fray, and all these organisations respond simultaneously to these crises. This paper seeks to highlight the nature of conflicts that exist in Eastern Africa; the framework under which these conflicts are being addressed; the capacity-building and the training modules in place that are geared towards enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of these organisations; as well as the necessary measures that can be undertaken to strengthen these organisations and make them relevant actors in the maintenance of peace, and also mediums of conflict resolution in Eastern Africa."