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Press Release: A Coup for Peace and Security Training in Africa
23 May 2012


Dr. Ato Kwamena Onoma
African Centre for Peace and Security Training
Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
Tel: +25 111 515 6320

A Coup for Peace and Security Training in Africa

Addis Ababa, Wednesday 23 May 2012 - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched the African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) at its Addis Ababa Office on May 7, 2012. The next course, titled Corruption and Human Security in Africa: An Anti-Corruption Toolkit, features John Githongo and Mshai Mwangola as course directors.

John Githongo is CEO and Trustee of Inuka Kenya Trust, Senior Special Advisor on Governance to the UN Mission to Sudan, and Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact, UK Government. He was previously Permanent Secretary, Office of the President, Kenya, and Executive Director of Transparency International-Kenya. He is also an author, former journalist and notable anti-corruption campaigner.

Mshai Mwangola is a Trustee of the Youth Scenarios Project, Futures Programme, Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya, and Chair of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre. She holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston (US); a Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Australia); and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi (Kenya).

The opening of the ACPST attracted a large group of people from the Addis Ababa diplomatic community, with Ambassador Said Djinnit, UN Special Representative to the Secretary General, Head of the UN Office for West Africa and member of the ISS International Advisory Council, praising the launch of the centre. Ambassador Djinnit spoke on ‘Emerging Threats to Human Security in Africa`, the theme of the first course presented at the centre.

The ISS created the ACPST with support from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in 2011. The ACPST will offer short courses and workshops on human security issues in Africa such as drug trafficking, climate change, terrorism, cyber security, piracy, electoral violence, gender, food security, the rule of law, and arms control. In these activities, it will target state and non-state officials working on human security issues in Africa with the broad goal of furthering the ISS` overall vision of ‘A peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people`.

In all of its courses the ACPST seeks to enhance the understanding of participants, endow them with practical skills and boost their professional networking abilities to enable them to engage in continued knowledge exchange and concerted action. Find out more about the ACPST on

The Government of Japan, The Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia, the UNDP and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy generously fund the ACPST. For further information contact the ACPST team at

About the Institute:

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a pan-African organisation that undertakes applied policy research, and provides teaching and training as well as technical assistance. The Institute is headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal. The ISS works for the advancement of sustainable human security in Africa. It seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa and beyond. The objective of the Institute is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing timely, empirical research, teaching and implementation support on sustainable human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups, and the media. 

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