GIZ “Capacity4Change” event brought together around 50 participants working on peace and security matters, particularly in Africa to foster exchange on what is being done and what can be done better or differently. The thematic heading of this particular Capacity4Change event was The State of Peace and Security in Africa.
The abrupt increase in worldwide refugee and migration flows has led to a stronger interest in examining the root-causes. Violent conflict has been identified as one of the most significant and immediate triggers for forced migration and displacement. The African continent is particularly conflict-prone and has hosted more than one fourth of global violent conflicts in the last years. Yet, while this worrying development has contributed to one of the most severe refugee crises in recent history, it is important to shed-light on the increasing engagement of African actors in tackling security threats on the continent.
This edition of the C4C series will:
• discuss the successes and challenges of conflict interventions by the African Union and regional organisations in the framework of the African Peace and Security
Architecture (APSA), following a presentation of the APSA Impact Report 2016 (see link)
• examine the link between violent conflict and forced migration
• exchange with African experts on the peace and security situation on the continent and its global implications
• link the practical experiences from the field with the European policy priorities in this area.
Capacity4Change is an event series in Brussels organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with selected partner institutions and organisations. C4C aims to enrich Brussel’s policy debate with practical know-how and implementation experiences. It features innovative approaches, challenging analyses, interesting publications and thought-provoking ideas.