Register to EU – CIVCAP final conference on 12th September in Brussels

EU-CIVCAP final conference
Improving EU capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding: Mapping lessons, best practices, and policy opportunities
September 12 th, 2018
CEPS, Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


The final conference of the Horizon 2020 project EU-CIVCAP serves to showcase the key lessons and best practices identified in the project’s research and the relevance of its main findings for policy-makers and practitioners in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The discussion in the three thematic panels will serve to articulate policy implications and test the practicalities of implementing the project’s main recommendations to improve EU capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The conference will also map relevant ongoing policy processes in the context of the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, in particular, current discussions about the Global Civilian Compact, the Joint Communication on resilience, the integrated approach to conflicts and crises, and the MFF negotiations.


More information at the conference website.

UN Secretary-General: “Wind blowing in the direction of peace in Africa”

Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday.

António Guterres was there to take part in the second annual UN-African Union conference, part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations. The two-day meeting covers a wide range of topics, and Mr. Guterres spoke about the partners’ close collaboration in areas such as peace and security.

“We feel a wind blowing in the direction of peace,” he said, referring to recent developments such as the historic visit by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister to rival and neighbour Eritrea, as well as peace talks on South Sudan, where conflict has raged since 2013.

“All this gives us hope that the African continent will be moving more and more in the right direction in peace and security,” he added, telling delegates that the UN could not afford to fail in its dealings with the continent.

When African troops are fighting terrorists in the Sahel, they are not only protecting the citizens of the Sahel. They are protecting the whole world – UN chief António Guterres.


Read more at UN website.

Newsletter of July 2018 has been published: Call for papers extended to 31st August 2018!

GAP Newsletter for July 2018 has been published. The newsletter concentrates on the final evaluation plan of the GAP Game.


Inside this issue:

GAP Conference , January 10 & 11th, 2019

Final Evaluation Plans

The GAP Game Story

Developing the Out-Of-Game Assessment

GAP Workshop for Performance Rating in Serious Games


You can access the newsletter here.

Gaming Peace: A Call for Peacekeeper Roles

Peacekeeping games can introduce the warfighter as many FPS games have, but have an element of decision-making, morality and allow for the games’ eventual outcome to have a different ending to reflect the morality and decision-making of the player. There are FPS games that test your morality, such as Spec Ops: The Line.

FPS games would not be the only ones that would be affected. Diplomacy has been a part of some strategy games for some time and there is a whole plethora of strategy games that test your diplomatic skills, such as the Total War series. The diplomatic aspect can be further explored. There is the ability in the Total War series, to create alliances, negotiate truces and trade agreements, but it is tantamount to bribing the computer AI with resources than a multifaceted diplomatic effort.


Read more at Defence Report.

NGOWG releases it’s Annual Policy Brief: Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council: 2017

The overall aim of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security’s (NGOWG) policy brief is to assess the implementation of the women, peace, and security (WPS) policy framework in the work of the Security Council. The analysis and recommendations build on our well-established policy guidance project, the Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security, as well as broader advocacy over the course of 2017.[1]

Over the last 18 years, the eight resolutions adopted by the Security Council on WPS have formed a strong foundation for the operationalization of the WPS agenda by the UN system and Member States, resulting in, at a rhetorical level, an acknowledgment of these issues as important. The WPS agenda recognizes that conflict has gendered impacts, and that women have critical roles to play in peace and security processes and institutions. Taken holistically, this agenda recognizes that a gender-blind understanding of conflict significantly undermines international peace and security efforts. Women, peace and security is, therefore, not only a principle but a call to action for Member States, the Security Council and the UN system.

Read more at NGOWG’s website.

Apply for CMI’s Peace Innovation Challenge

CMI and its partner organisation Masarat are jointly launching a Peace Innovation Challenge in Palestine. We are looking for new approaches to strengthen women’s engagement and to provide a platform for cooperation.

Women in peacemaking is one of the focus areas of CMI’s global programme. We want to find new approaches and ideas for strengthening women’s engagement and contribution to peacemaking. For this reason, we are launching a Peace Innovation Challenge in Palestine together with Masarat– The Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies.

To foster a new generation of peace-builders, creative thinking and broader participation are needed. CMI hopes that the Peace Innovation Challenge will bring added drive to ongoing peace processes and enable new actors to participate. Later this year, the Peace Innovation Challenge will be launched in Ukraine also.

For the teams attending, the challenge is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and showcase their work. The ten most promising teams will get to further develop their ideas with mentoring from leading experts. The deadline for submitting proposals is 20 August, and the most promising innovations will be announced in October. The value of the challenge award is USD 10,000.

Further information can be found on the Peace Innovation Challenge website:

More about Masarat  – The Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies: (in Arabic)

FINCENT hosted a workshop on comprehensive protection of civilians

FINCENT hosted the NATO and United Nations High Level Comprehensive Protection of Civilians course development workshop in Santahamina, Helsinki 17 -21 June 2018.

FINCENT together with Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) is developing a new course that will be piloted at the beginning of October 2018. During the workshop participants worked on course lessons plans and developed instructional materials as well as finalized work plan including responsibilities. Workshop participants were from different international organizations NATO Headquarter Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (NATO HQ SACT), Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE), Peace organisation PAX, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), PKSOI and FINCENT.

Read more at FINCENT


How to disseminate crisis management project results to students? IECEU workshop held in Finland

The Finnish Defence Forces International Centre and Laurea University of Applied Sciences organized the workshop “Understanding the Conflict in Central African Republic” at the Crisis Management NOW-event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17th of May in Helsinki, Finland.

Objectives of the workshop were to deepen the understanding of conflict analysis and comprehensive crisis management approach. The material was based on the EU Horizon 2020 “Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention” (IECEU) research project and, more specifically, the deliverable 3.3. Central African Republic research report results. The workshop integrated the research findings into practice in an innovative way by establishing an interactive environment for participants to build conflict analysis capacities.

Read more at FINCENT’s homepage.

Apply for training of the trainers course in Ramallah 17 – 19 September 2018 (DL 8 July 2018)

Within the framework of the ENTRi project, CMC Finland together with ENA (École nationale d’administration) will organise a Training of Trainers course in Ramallah on 17-19.9.2018.

Successful crisis management, stabilisation and peace support missions rely on the availability of well-prepared experts who can transfer their knowledge and skills to their colleagues and counterparts, who in turn depend on high quality training activities designed for specific purpose. This course recognises that training is critical to the achievement of successful operational outcomes.

The key objective of this course is to build in-mission capacities for training purposes, to enhance the ability of missions to adapt to the steadily changing capacity-building requirements of international peace operations and to strengthen in-mission capability to deliver high quality trainings.

This training aims to strengthen the didactical and methodological skills of members of international missions in designing and delivering training courses in order to build local capacities.

Course place and time:

Ramallah, 17 – 19 September 2018

Indicative course agenda and logistical note.

Target audience:

Experts working in crisis management/peace support missions who conduct trainings and coaching sessions as subject matter experts or trainers.

Maximum 16 participants, preferably from international civilian crisis management/peace support missions (OSCE, EU, UN, etc). Experts from NGOs are also welcome to apply.

Implementing Partners:

The course is organised by Crisis Management Centre (CMC Finland) in cooperation with École nationale d’administration (ENA).

Learning outcomes:

After completion of the ENTRi ToT, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how learning theories can be applied to design high impact sessions;
  • Practice advanced training design skills in preparing sessions on a range of learning topics related to their training courses/sessions;
  • Reflect on their own training style and their own biases towards different training methods;
  • Upgrade facilitation skills in a range of participatory training activities;
  • Refine the delivery of course material based on the guidelines in the ToT Participants Manual relevant to their area of expertise;
  • Identify course design methods applicable to their training needs;



The course is open for applications via the link below. Final date for applications is Sunday 8th of July.

The selection of participants will be done by the ENTRi Secretariat.

Participation Fee:

There is no participation fee. Short-listed candidates will have to cover their own travel expenses.

Full board accommodation (in single rooms) will be provided free of charge.

Course participants from the military are required to cover their own expenses during the course, including accommodation, board and travel costs.

‘They are always in our hearts’ says Guterres, leading remembrance of UN peacekeepers who made the ultimate sacrifice

Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Organization’s headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to the service and sacrifice made by UN “blue helmets” for the cause of peace around the world.

Since the first peacekeeping mission deployed 70 years ago, more than 3,700 military, police and civilians who chose to serve, have lost their lives.

“These peacekeepers gave their lives to protect the lives of others. We are forever in their debt, and they are always in our hearts,” said Mr. Guterres on Friday at a wreath-laying ceremony at the UN Headquarters.

Last year saw the highest number of fatalities – 132 individuals from 37 countries – for UN peacekeepers as a result of malicious acts; the highest in many years.

Read more at UN website