The ALC’s Professional Training Programmes have been designed to respond to a gap in the practitioner/NGO environment on the African continent. It is very often the case that peace and security practitioners who are on the ground and directly confronting these issues, are the last to benefit from up-to-the-moment research and knowledge from academic and research institutions. More often still, whatever information and knowledge they acquire is overloaded with voices and perspectives from the West. While those perspectives are useful, they do not give much room for local interpretation and translation into realities on the ground.
The ALC’s Professional Training Programme seeks to directly respond by offering carefully crafted courses based on the Centre’s cutting-edge research, which are converted into modules offered by King’s College London and the African Leadership Centre, to practitioners working on the ground on the Continent. The ALC’s training courses offer a distinctly African perspective to the challenges that plague the continent, and utilise a methodology that encourages participants to use their specific contexts and realities to begin to respond to these challenges.
The ALC’s training methodology is premised on delivering leading research-based content to practitioners, using facilitation and coaching techniques to aid the process of reflection and knowledge retention. The training unit focuses on two methods of delivery:
•Training sessions/courses provided to professional individuals based in Nairobi and in other parts of Africa: The Centre is well placed to deliver its courses to individuals based in Africa, working on various issues related to peace and security. Nairobi is a regional hub for international organizations (it is home to the UN headquarters in Africa-UNON), aid agencies and other major NGO’s.
•Customized training programmes: The second mode of course delivery offered, are customized training programmes delivered to staff members of specific organizations. The ALC organizes courses for these organizations using their unique contexts and specializations as a backdrop, to make for a richer learning experience.
The ALC currently offers courses in the following thematic areas, with new courses to follow shortly. Courses can also be custom-designed to suit specific need areas as required:
•Strategic Communications in Peace & Security
•African Women and the Leadership Process
•Leadership in Peace Operations
•Gender, Security and Society
•Leadership and Peace-building in Africa
The ALC has delivered several training programmes recently, as follows:
•South African Development Community Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (SADC), Harare, Zimbabwe. November 22, 2010 to November 27, 2010 inclusive. Training of Trainers course and its corresponding pilot course on the “Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Nairobi, Kenya. December 1, 2010 to December 3rd, 2010 inclusive. Training Course on the “Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja, Nigeria. December 8, 2010 to December 9, 2010 inclusive. Training course on “Justice and Security Sector Reform.”
•Sierra Leone Training Centre, Freetown, Sierra Leone. December 13, 2010 to December 17, 2010 inclusive. Training of Trainers course and its corresponding pilot course, on “The Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC), and the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute, Monrovia, Liberia. January 10, 2011 to January 14, 2011 inclusive. Training of Trainers course and its corresponding Pilot Course on “The Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
• Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA), Musanze, Nyakinama, Northern Province, Rwanda. January 17, 2011 to January 28, 2011 inclusive. Training of Trainers course and its corresponding Pilot Course on “Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Center (NAPKC), Jaji, Nigeria. February 28, 2011 to March 4, 2011 inclusive. Training of Trainers course and its corresponding pilot course, on “Leadership, Team Work and Team Management.” (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•United Nations Africa Peace Operations Staff, Nairobi, Kenya. October 17, 2011 to October 21, 2011 inclusive. Training course on Leadership, Team Work and Team Management in Peace Operations. (in collaboration with UNITAR)
•Forum of Women Leaders of Ekiti State Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya. August 15, 2012 to August 20, 2012 inclusive. Training course on Women and the Leadership Process.