Peacekeeping and African Militaries

CCR developed a new focus on training on HIV/AIDS and African militaries for the 2012-2016 phase of its work, using the Centre's expertise with militaries in all five African sub-regions built up since 2004, and building on CCR's research project on HIV/AIDS and Militaries between 2004 and 2012, which engaged in policy development on militaries as well as on HIV/AIDS and post-conflict societies. This work involved 16 militaries (from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe).

CCR has now broadened its HIV/AIDS and African militaries thematic area into a Peacekeeping and African Militaries project, thus ensuring that these workshops directly build the capacity of peacekeepers deployed to United Nations (UN) and regional missions. CCR has helped to build the capacity of African militaries through training military officers from Burundi, the DRC, and Uganda. The Centre has also built the capacity of the South Sudanese military and police on issues of conflict management, gender, human rights, and HIV/AIDS.

CCR's work on Peacekeeping and African Militaries seeks to:

  • Provide military personnel with a practical and theoretical grounding on HIV/AIDS and security, and prevention approaches;
  • Improve the awareness and practice of military personnel in relation to their roles as human rights and peacebuilding actors; and
  • Promote gender-sensitive behaviour among military personnel; especially on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and gender.

As a result of this work, CCR expects that:

  • Participating institutions will acquire knowledge on peacekeeping, human rights, and gender that they can use further to train officers within their respective countries as well as in their areas of operations;
  • The prevalence of HIV/AIDS among African soldiers deployed to peacekeeping missions will be reduced and soldiers will become effective advocates in HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns; and
  • The Centre's conflict management, human rights, and HIV/AIDS manuals will be utilised effectively in training conducted by military institutions across Africa.

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