IPSS warmly welcomes the 14th MPSA cohort
Participants represent 19 countries from around the world, a conscious decision to bring together experts from diverse backgrounds as experience-sharing and knowledge-transfer among peers is an integral component of the programme.
09 October 2018
On 7 October 2018, IPSS welcomed the 14th cohort of its Executive Master’s in Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA). The MPSA programme, a flagship IPSS programme established in conjunction with the African Union, aims to identify and meet the training needs of the senior-level staff of the African Union (AU), regional institutions, national governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organizations on peace and security issues.
This year’s focus is on the greater Horn of Africa. The 14th cohort is the largest MPSA group on record with 33 participants, 28% of them being female. For the first time, MPSA opened its application pool to participants from outside the African continent, a conscious decision to bring together experts from diverse backgrounds as experience-sharing and knowledge-transfer amongst peers is an integral component of the programme. The 14th cohort boasts participants from various AU departments, RECs, the United Nations, the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), German development agency (GIZ) and the Embassies of Sierra Leone and Ghana, to name a few.
MPSA consists of five modules taken onsite, with the sixth designed as an online module. Each module is delivered by renowned facilitators, expert practitioners, academics and resource persons, who are contextually and expertly grounded in the various fields of peace and security. The facilitator for Module 1, Professor Emeritus Mohammed Salih, holds a PhD in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, UK. He is currently a professor of Politics of Development at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and at the Department of Political Science, the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Prof. Salih has 25 years of experience in management and professional experience in policy and advisory research for national governments, civil society organizations, NGOs, bilateral, regional and multilateral organizations. He also worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.”