Capacity building

Two Swiss officers are currently engaged at the KAIPTC in Ghana.
Two Swiss officers are currently engaged at the KAIPTC in Ghana.

Swiss peace support personnel assist with training in Africa

The Swiss Armed Forces have been present at the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana with officers since 2006. Initial engagement with one officer was extended and today three Swiss nationals are serving in a peace support operation at the KAIPTC as head of training, evaluation and development (TED), as course director and as digital communications / website management officer. In addition to human support, the DDPS has been financing two annual courses since 2010, the DFA finances a further course. The Swiss Armed Forces’ engagement is based on Article 48a of the Swiss Military Code.

The head of TED is responsible for the following tasks:

  • manages and coordinates the monitoring and evaluation of all current courses
  • directs the development of new courses
  • coordinates all course development aspects between the research and the training departments.


A course director is responsible that all administrative and logistic course preparations are done correctly. Furthermore, he supports the head of the TED in his field.

According to Armed Forces Report 2010 one of the main emphases of the Swiss Armed Forces is on military peace support ‘through the deployment of unarmed individuals as military observers, staff officers and instructors for capacity building as part of on-location military peace support’. The goal is to provide services with military personnel at up to five different training centres in the medium term. With their engagement at the KAIPTC the Swiss Armed Forces are putting this assignment into practise. Since August 2014 Switzerland has been supporting a second training centre in East Africa with officers at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi.

Since its foundation in 2003, the KAIPTC has developed into the most important training and research institution for conflict prevention and peace support in West Africa. Over the past ten years of its existence some 10,000 military professionals, policemen and civilians were prepared for multi-dimensional peace-keeping operations. And this in a variety of different areas such as conflict analysis and mediation, security sector reform, civil-military cooperation, civil protection, law of armed conflict or planning and logistics. The centre also conducts two accredited MA courses.

The centre belongs to the Armed Forces of Ghana. Most of the roughly 300 staff members are citizens of Ghana and consist of both military and civilian employees. The centre is located just outside the town of Accra in an extensive facility. Apart from offices, conference and meeting rooms, the facility has a library and a restaurant. Guest rooms are also available for course participants. Employees are housed externally on a private basis.

Since August 2014, the Swiss Armed Forces have been involved at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenia, with one officer serving as course manager. A second Swiss officer has been on location since May 2016. He is serving as head of training. Such human support of the IPSTC is based on the article 48a of the Swiss military code.

The course manager has the following duties:

  • Planning and coordination of course programmes
  • Coordination of all fields relevant to the courses
  • Consultation of the IPSTC commandant on the options and challenges in training
  • Global coordination of and maintaining contact with the partners conducting courses at the IPSTC
  • Support in compiling, developing and conducting the courses.


According to the 2010 Armed Forces Report one of the main emphases of the Swiss Armed Forces is to promote peace ‘through the deployment of unarmed individuals to military peace support on location as military observers, staff officers and trainers for capacity building’. The goal is to provide support with military personnel at up to five different training centres in the medium term. With their engagement at the IPSTC the Swiss Armed Forces are now supporting a second training centre. Already since 2006, Swiss officers have been serving in various functions at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.

The IPSTC enjoys a good reputation both regionally and internationally. Regional cooperation with African countries and organisations is close. Internationally the IPSTC cooperates with the UN, the African Union (AU) and its regional organisations along with Western partner countries (above all the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan). Many African and Western countries too make use of the course programme to train their military personnel for UN operations in Africa. Financially the training centre is based on a solid foundation.

The centre has an excellent infrastructure, which makes it possible to train up to 500 persons simultaneously. It also includes an amply designed training village making it possible to portray a variety of situations in their real dimensions. The staff members of the IPSTC are mainly provided by the Kenyan Armed Forces.