Integrated Mission Planning Course Ends

The Integrated Mission Planning (IMP) Course that commenced on 18 April 2022 at the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) ended today Friday, 29 April 2022. The course was organized in partnership between the RPA, the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Secretariat and the African Union (AU).

The purpose of the course was to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills on the role and conduct of the mission planning and integration in a multinational and multidisciplinary environment, in order to enable them to perform fully and effectively as Staff Officers in future EASF deployments.  A total of 29 military, police and civilian personnel from 9 EASF member states, namely: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda attended the training.

The course was officially closed by the Director of the Rwanda Peace Academy, Col (Rtd) Jill Rutaremara. The closing ceremony was attended by the representatives of the EASF Planning Element; and trainers from Denmark, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Uganda.

The  Director of the Rwanda Peace Academy, expressed that integrated mission planning is much more critical and relevant today than in the past, because of the complex nature of contemporary operating environment, diverse and complex PSO mandates, and multi-dimensional nature of peace missions, as well as the multiplicity and complexity of actors and stakeholders involved.

He added that lack of capacity to produce effective mission plans is one of the major causes of poor preparation of peacekeepers and underperformance in their respective roles and responsibilities. “This lack of capacity also impacts negatively on the implementation of the mission mandate thereby compromising the legitimacy and credibility of the Peace Support Operations,” the Director of the Rwanda Peace Academy said.


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