Meeting with partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) project in Ethiopia


Optimizing processes, promoting cooperation and strengthening civilian components in African peace support operations: from 12 to 15 August 2019, ZIF met with partners from the African Standby Capacity (ASC) project in Ethiopia. 

As part of the further development of the African Union's civilian expert pool, ZIF traveled to Addis Ababa from 13 to 15 August 2019 to discuss the work priorities for 2019. The visiting program included a full-day workshop with the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) of the AU-Commission and GIZ. In individual appointments, among others with the Human Resources and Policy Department of the AU as well as with UNOAU, multiple topics and project activities were further discussed.

The project partners particularly highlighted the excellent cooperation with ZIF. Mr Nii Addy, Program Manager Peace and Security at GIZ, emphasized that the cooperation with ZIF was "of outstanding strategic importance and significance" and that GIZ intended to make even greater use of ZIF's advisory services in the future. The head of PSOD, Mr. Bam, stressed that the ASC Roster has "potential" and a "future", possibly beyond the current project boundaries. 

Based on the agreed-upon activities, ZIF will now launch a series of projects and collaborate with its partners on a strategic level in the months to come. Two of the planned activities include a duty of care workshop in Kenya as well as a workforce planning exercise in Nigeria, both envisioned for September 2019.

The African Standby Capacity is the African Union's continental roster of civilian expers to be deployed into multi-dimensional AU peace support operations. It is managed jointly by the AU Commission and Regional Organizations. While military and police are deployed for AU peace operations by the member states, it is the ASC that provides the majority of civilian experts. Qualified candidates can apply for admission into the pool. ZIF supports the development of the ASC through technical implementation, strategy and project development since 2012. Follow the African Standby Capacity on Twitter to get the latest updates: @AU_ASC.