It’s another time for 25 Africans to experience a lasting impartation of knowledge from carefully selected trainers put together by the African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) on a scholarship basis.
Mandated to enhance the ability of practitioners to make and implement policies that improve human security in Africa primarily through short courses and workshops, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) created the ACPST in 2011 with support from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and has been organising training programmes which has benefited many Africans – including myself – from different sectors.
I had mine, as a media practitioner, in 2012 and my understanding of the dichotomy between the roles media play or did not play in crisis situations in parts of Africa has been advanced.
This time, it is about the emerging threats to human security in Africa. Yes, I agree with ACPST that African countries have made significant gains in the face of significant threats to human security on the continent, including warfare and authoritarianism.
“Unfortunately,” quoting an ACPST release, “the beginning of the 21st Century has coincided with the emergence of new threats that are making it difficult for many countries to reap the dividends from these gains. Climate change, piracy, electoral violence, terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence and cybercrime are some of these new challenges.”
You may apply for this English only-course if you too agree with this submission and you work for an organisation or agency that deal with human security issues in Africa. It will be held in Addis Ababa between 9th and 13the February 2015. It will focus on climate change, electoral violence, terrorism, trafficking in persons and drugs and sexual and gender-based violence.
“It will address the following questions: What is the nature of these threats? How do they threaten human security? What are their causes? How do they relate to each other and to traditional threats? What are some of the cutting edge practical ways of tackling them that are effective, rights-respecting and sustainable over the long run?”
Its goal is to equip participants “with knowledge and skills, and facilitate networking to enable policy and behavioural changes that will help reduce the threats to human security.”
Send your application – A cover letter explaining how/why this course is relevant to your professional activities and a complete CV in MS Word or PDF formats only – with your contact information and contacts of two referees to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 January 2015, using the subject line ‘ETHSA 2015’.
ACPST will fund 25 participants across Africa with an economy class return air ticket from the participant’s closest international airport to the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, including shuttle to and from the hotel; and accommodation on a ‘bed and breakfast’ basis.
ACPST charges no tuition or registration fee for its courses and provides lunch on training days.
ACPST does not provide per diems to participants. All participants accepted for the course will be fully responsible for obtaining their visas and medical insurance. ACPST will support international applicants with visa letters to process entry into Ethiopia.