Mon, 29 Nov 2021

MOGADISHU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Tuesday its senior officials have kicked off a five-day training to enhance their peace support operations in Africa.

The AU mission said it's collaborating with Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping training center to train senior officers in monitoring and evaluation for peace support operations.

Simon Mulongo, AMISOM deputy head of the mission said the training has been designed within the context of Africa and the challenges peacekeepers encounter in ensuring a secure and stable continent.

"As a mission, we will continue to improve on our monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure the best use of resources and effective output," he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

Mulongo said as a mission it was important to learn best practices to ensure AMISOM delivers effectively on its mandate.

The training program is tailored specifically to support peace support operations missions across Africa by trainers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).

Ken Abotsi, a facilitator and lead trainer from the African Union Political Affairs Peace and Security Department, said that improving on monitoring and evaluation mechanisms was important to ensuring accountability, transparency, and judicious use of resources.

"We want to see an AMISOM that has a learning system which gives feedback in terms of processes, strategies, challenges and successes in achieving its mandate. Systems and processes can always be improved, and we want to ensure that AMISOM is effectively improving on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness," Abotsi said.

Wellington Attipoe-Dumashie, KAIPTC lead facilitator, said the training modules had been developed in response to a needs assessment conducted by KAIPTC in 2019, for both the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on how best to improve evaluation and monitoring mechanisms to support peace support operations.

"In the short term, our goal is to build the capacities of the staff of AMISOM. In the medium to long term, we hope to see monitoring and evaluation professionalized and institutionalized in the Mission," said Attipoe-Dumashie.

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