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Capacity Building Activities

The objective of the capacity building programmes is to support the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and to increase the effectiveness of the African Union and the African regional organisations on the conduct of peace support operations in Africa. An amount of €85 million has been commited out of the €100 million programmed.

Capacity building programmes

There are three ongoing EU capacity building programmes : 

• Support the employment of African Union personnel working in the Peace and Security Programme (Joint Salaries Financing Arrangement).

• Strengthening African conflict prevention capacities (e.g. Early Warning System, Liason Offices).

• Reinforcing the planning and management capacities of the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and the African Standby Force.

Past activities under the capacity building programme:

• Financing of African Standby Force workshops

• Strengthening the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission.

African Peace and Security Architecture  

The African Peace Facility has promoted the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) committing so far € 85 million out of the € 100 million programmed.


The objective of the APSA support is to enhance continental and regional capabilities for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa. The African Union Peace and Security Council is its core organ.

EU support to APSA includes:

• Supporting African conflict prevention and resolution structures and initiatives.

• Support to the Panel of the Wise, Peace and Security Council, Continental Early Warning System, African Standby Force.

• Reinforcing the capacity of the African Union and African Regional Organisations in the areas of financial management for peace support operations, planning and human resources. 

Case studies

1. Regional Economic Communities' liaison offices

Through the capacity building programme, the European Union is financing Regional Economic Communities liaison offices to the African Union in Addis Ababa. The result has been an enhanced dialogue between the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities leading to more coordinated activities in the field of peace and security.

2. Support to the African Early Warning System

The EU supports the establishment of a Continental Early Warning System in order to facilitate the prevention of conflicts. As a result of this support, the Early Warning System is now able to provide reliable and up to date information on selected conflict zones.


Last update: 05/12/2012 | Top