Japan Contributes USD 1.19 Million to IPSTC for Peace Support Training

Japan UNDP PSTC signing
Signing ceremony between IPSTC and Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has strengthened its support to the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) through a contribution of USD 1.19 million. The funding channeled through UNDP will be used to address the urgent needs for capacity building within the region with emphasis on Somalia, South Sudan and Great Lakes Region. Targeted capacity building areas include enhancing protection of civilians, national dialogue, addressing harms of small arms and light weapons, reducing incidents of sexual and gender based violence and abuse in addition to exploitation of children.

 Speaking at the event Ambassador Monica Juma, PS Defense, lauded the support from the Government of Japan and promised that the funds will be effectively utilized and add value to the capacity building exercises carried out by the IPSTC. While appreciating the role of IPSTC Ms. Atsuko Kashiwaguchi, Political and Protocol Officer/Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Kenya emphasized the importance of Peace Support training for both military and civilians involved in peace keeping as a key contribution to the stability of the East Africa Region. Also present at the event was Brig. Robert Kabage, Director of IPSTC, who promised that his center will maintain its high performance and implement the projects in a reliable and effective manner.

Japan has continued to support  peace keeping operations through UNDP by funding African Peacekeeping Operations centers and projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, Mali, DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, South Sudan and Mauritania.

 According to the Country Director for UNDP Ms. Maria-Threase Keating, this new agreement address urgent training and capacity building gaps within peace operations of the African Union and United Nations, within the Eastern Africa region, with priority on Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region.

 UNDP welcomes these partnerships, which are critical for support towards continued and augmented efforts in conflict management, prevention and resolution. As evidenced repeatedly over time, conflicts are not restricted to national borders; it is a loss and a challenge to the region as a whole. Therefore, it would follow that the first response and efforts should be from the region.

 IPSTC is a center of excellence that continues to contribute to the preparedness of the Eastern Africa region in addressing peace and security issues. This includes contribution in research and training on peace support issues in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa.