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Governance and Human Security in Africa 2016
Date: 11 - 22 January 2016
Time: 09h00 - 18h00
Venue: ISS Nairobi, Kenya

Application Deadline: 20 November 2015

About the ACPST

The ACPST was created by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 2011 to boost practitioners’ ability to improve human security in Africa by offering short courses. The ISS is an African organisation which enhances human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. The ISS is headquartered in South Africa with offices in Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. The ISS was started in 1991 and draws staff from 17 African countries.

Course overview and description

Africa’s security environment is constantly evolving, and state weakness continues to be posited as the principal source of insecurity. While African states agree that governance is central to human security and the continent’s development (see the Solemn Declaration on a Common African Defense and Security Policy), the policy rhetoric has not translated into practice. Events in Burundi, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa and Somalia show how a failed transition to democracy and good governance have resulted in persistent insecurity. In a context of massive population growth, historically poor levels of development, and an ongoing process of state consolidation, good governance will remain the key requirement for better human security in Africa.

Course objectives

The course aims to share new perspectives and innovative approaches on good governance and build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers to craft people-centered development and security policies.

The course will:

  • Explore the concepts of governance and human security in terms of both analytic and applied development
  • Discuss emerging governance issues that inform continental, regional and national human security policy and practice
  • Explore cause-effect relationships between governance and human security, touching on concepts of leadership, terrorism and radicalisation, climate change, and sexual and gender based violence
  • Identify and define emerging non-state actors and norms advancing both global governance and human security
  • Provide skills in policy design and advocacy, conflict resolution, managing diversity, communication and geopolitical competence

Who should apply to participate:

  • State and non-state actors working in local, national and regional governance mechanisms that deal with human security in Africa
  • Those working in agencies that directly combat emerging threats
  • Those working on issues that are indirectly affected by emerging threats

Language of instruction: English. Participants should be highly proficient in English.

Participants' obligations: The receipt of a certificate is dependent on full attendance, active participation in all class and group activities, and submission of all assignments. Trainees who miss sessions without the course director’s permission will not be granted certificates.

Costs and funding: The ACPST charges no tuition fees and offers in-county transportation and lunch to all participants on training days only. Participants will cover all other costs such as visas, medical costs and dinners. No per diems are offered to course participants. To ensure the attendance of need-based applicants, the ACPST will partially support the participation of some candidates (with travel and accommodation costs). Awards are based on need and require a clear motivation in the cover letter.

How to apply to participate:

Send an email to by 20 November 2015, using the subject line Governance 2016 with these two attachments (MS Word or PDF formats only):

  1. A cover letter explaining how/why this course is relevant to your current professional activities
  2. A complete CV with your contact information and contacts of two referees
This training is made possible with support from the governments of the Netherlands and Japan, and the UNDP. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: Governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
ISS Nairobi
Sossina Mekonnen
Application deadline: 20 November 2015
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