Last week, ECDPM and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, formalised the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to strengthen future collaboration on research and policy dialogue in the field of peace and security.
ECDPM and IPSS have enhanced their collaboration this year, with the joint execution of the APSA Impact Assessment project at IPSS in Addis Ababa, with the presence and support of ECDPM’s Security and Resilience team, led by Sophie Desmidt. This project assesses the interventions of the African Peace and Security Architecture in violent conflicts across Africa. Funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), this project was initiated in 2013 and resulted in an extensive mapping of experiences in peace and security interventions by the African Union and regional actors.
Following joint presentations at the African Union Peace and Security Council Open Sessions, ECDPM and IPSS stepped up their collaboration with a joint team at IPSS, looking at interventions by the African Union and regional bodies in conflicts in 2016. Building on this strengthened partnership, ECDPM and IPSS are looking forward to further exchange and collaboration on a wide range of topics in the field of peace and security, including gender and migration, amongst other issues.
In the picture: Volker Hauck, Head of ECDPM’s Security and Resilience programme, Michelle Ndiaye, Director Africa Peace and Security Programme, IPSS/Head of Secretariat, Tana Forum, and IPSS Director Dr. Kiros Kidane.