Working together to improve capacity for peace support operations in Africa
A warm welcome to the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), your premier Pan-African partner in promoting a stable Africa. The transformation of the OAU into the AU was a watershed period for the emergence of African centres of excellence as part of efforts towards conflict prevention, management and resolution, to rid the continent of conflicts that had ravaged its societies and hampered Africa’s security, stability and sustainable development.
The APSTA emerged at that watershed transformational period when forward-looking and leading African training and research centres of excellence established the Association in 2002, as the African Chapter of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), to “sharpen the debate on peacekeeping training on the continent”.
More than ever before, the Association recognises the imperative to expand its horizons and the scope of its membership, to incorporate other centres of excellence in the areas of education, teaching, and policy implementation support and advocacy, besides training for peacekeeping..
Further, in order to remain relevant to the objectives of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), APSTA is convinced of the need to foster closer collaboration with the AU Commission, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and other stakeholders, for the realisation of “the future we want for Africa” that is conflict-free by 2063, especially in the face of emerging security threats to the continent. In pursuit of its vision of a peaceful and stable Africa, APSTA welcomes all like-minded institutions and organisaitons to join and partner with the Association, to achieve a common worthy cause: “an Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa…”
To be the premier independent Pan-African Association promoting a peaceful and stable Africa.
APSTA exists to facilitate the development of African capacity for peace and security through coordination, advocacy, harmonisation and standardisation of training, research and policy implementation support among its member institutions.