Evaluation of the Training for Peace in Africa Programme

2013 – 2014; Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, USA, Zimbabwe; NORAD

Itad, in partnership with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), conducted an evaluation of the Norwegian Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme. The main focus was an impact assessment of the programme’s training component, with a focus on the training of police.

The Training for Peace (TfP) programme was initiated in 1995 by the Norwegian government, with the overall goal of supporting sustainable African capacity for peace operations. With its focus on training, rosters, policy development and applied research, the TfP programme has aimed to place the civilian and multi-dimensional aspects of peacekeeping on the agenda, including issues related to the protection of civilians and women, peace and security. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide information about the relevance and effects of the TfP programme, with a view to inform decisions about the future of the programme as well as the wider international community involved in peace operations.

The evaluation had six main objectives covering the contextual environment; the strategic framework for the programme; the impact of training; the cost effectiveness of training; contributions to research, support to roster systems and policy developments; and the relevance of the programme.

The main focus of the evaluation was an impact assessment of the programme’s training component. The team conducted interviews and focus group discussions with serving and returning police officers and senior officials in two African peacekeeping missions, UNMIL and AMISOM, as well as in two important police-contributing countries, Rwanda and Ghana, with the purpose of establishing attribution of the effect of training on attitudes, skills and performance. Additional interviews were conducted with the TfP partners and stakeholders in Oslo, Durban, Pretoria, Bulawayo, Accra, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Harare, Gaborone and New York. The team also assessed the cost effectiveness of the programme’s training component, mapped the programme logic and its underlying assumptions, analysed the programme’s relevance, and assessed the contributions of the programme’s research, policy advice and roster components to planned outcomes. The final report can be found here.

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