On 21 June 2017, IPSS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), based in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The MoU aims to enhance long-term cooperation between the institutes by promoting capacity building and institutional development through cooperation and exchange.
The agreement follows a productive engagement by the two institutes in jointly executing the 2016 Africa Peace and Security Architecture (ASPA) Impact Assessment Project. The project evaluates the impact of interventions by the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities and gauges the effectiveness of APSA in resolving conflicts in the continent. The report is commissioned by the German government through GIZ, and previous assessments were conducted at ECDPM. The transfer of the project to Addis implies a commitment by all engaged parties to promote African ownership in peace and security.
In November 2016, the two institutes made a joint presentation of the 2015 APSA Impact Report at an Open Session of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC). The report assesses the quality and effectiveness of these interventions in terms of diplomacy, mediation, and peace support operations - and analyses whether these actions contributed to a de-escalation in the conflict. The presentation was commended by members of the PSC for clearly demonstrating their investment and engagement in APSA.
Under the MoU, IPSS and ECDPM agreed to extend their cooperation on policy dialogues, production of joint publications and other areas of research. “The agreement enables us to shape policy guidelines on APSA and advance our focus to more areas of research,” said Michelle Ndiaye, Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme at IPSS. As one of the leading think tanks on peace and security in Africa, IPSS collaborates with a number of academic and research institutions in training, research and policy dialogues. Many of these partnerships are geared towards providing professionals on peace and security with concrete policy recommendations on the security challenges facing the continent.
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