A GENERATION FOR A BETTER AFRICA (AGABA) CONTRIBUTION TO PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS (PSO)
Esther Tendero on the left during the conduct of EASF Command post Exercise (CPX) 2014
AGABA believes peace is the centrepiece for a better Africa. Accordingly the organisation has dedicated personnel to the Eastern Africa regional mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (CPMR) referred to as Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF).
Generally Last year was capacity building in PSO for AGABA together with the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) as part of the African Standby Force (ASF) established in consistence with the UN Standby System.
ASF is established by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) as following the related provisions in the AU constitutive Act.
In consideration of the inadequacy of its predecessor, OAU, AU did develop the Africa peace and security architecture (APSA) upon five dominant Regional political/Economic Communities (REC) namely:
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the East, now referred to as EASF Regional Mechanism (RM) considering the non IGAD member states
- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the West;
- The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) in the North
- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the South, and;
- The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in the Central African region.
Accordingly therefore the ASF is composed of five regional forces as follows:
- North Africa Standby Force (NASF)
- ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF)
- Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF)
- Southern Africa Standby Force (SASF), and
- Central Africa Standby Force (CASF)
Last year Esther Tendero and Pauline Kaija returned with certificates for successfully planning and conducting of the EASF command Post Exercise (CPX). The exercise took place in Adama, Ethiopia from 9th to 22nd 20014. It was a prerequisite for the EASF declaration of the full operating Capability (FOC).
Ambassador Issimail Chanfi, Director of EASF Secretariat; Dr Ibrahim Farah, Exercise Head of Mission and; Brig Gen Solomon Etefa, Exercise Director jointly endorsed the cirtificates. They are from Comoros, Somalia and Ethiopia respectively.
Participants in the exercise were approximately three hundred and ten including military, police & civilians together referred to as a multinational & multidimensional force.
The vision of EASF is “To contribute to regional and continental peace through a regional conflict prevention, management and resolution capability able to respond effectively to crisis within Eastern Africa and across the African continent.”
Prior to the achieving of the FOC its mission was “to develop a fully operational and multidimensional integrated Eastern Africa Standby Force ready for deployment by 2015, with an initial operational capability by 2010.”
In consistence with AU/UN doctrine, so far on the EASF rooster ready to deploy AGABA has six personnel already trained in various PSO disciplines:
- Hope atuhairwe
- Ronald Kafeero
- Pauline Kaija
- Esther Tendero
- Rodney Mutakamwa
They have benefited from courses fully sponsored by the friends of EASF especially GIZ, Save the Children and UNDP etc, hosted in various countries. Courses attended so far are:
- Child Protection
- Human rights
- Rule of Law
- Disarmament, Demobilization and reintegration (DDR
- Civilian Foundation
- Mid Level Management
With all the expertise attained AGABA intends to host or offer courses in PSO in collaboration with related Agencies resident in the country and abroad.