With the establishment of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the African Union (AU) has shown its commitment to finding “African Solutions to African Problems in the area of Peace and Security on the continent”, in order to be better prepared for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. Germany has been supporting the establishment of the APSA for many years – with other international partners – both on the level of the AU, as well as on the level of different Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and Training Centres of Excellence.
Germany strives to harmonize its support in order to work towards the common objective of a fully operational APSA and, as indicated in the AU Strategic Plan, towards peace, security and prosperity on the African continent. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was therefore commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to conduct a desk study to assess the state of establishment and functioning of APSA components, as well as the impact of interventions by AU/RECs for peace and security on the continent. The desk study looked at the state of peace and conflict occurrence on the continent and analysed the impact of interventions within the framework of APSA in the area of conflict prevention, crisis management and resolution, as well as peace building, between 2007 and 2013.
The outcome of the study indicates that AU/RECs significantly contribute to the promotion and maintenance of peace and security on the continent. While the main objective of the study was to provide the German Government with comprehensive information regarding the APSA as a basis for its long-term support for APSA implementation, it can at the same time, contribute to the discussions between the AU Member States, the AU Commission and partners around the common objective of implementing results-based monitoring and evaluation.
ECDPM’s Volker Hauck will make a presentation.