International Alert recently brought together representatives from three African Union Liaison Offices (AULOs) for a six-day training course on conflict analysis, gender and political economy.
The training, which was held in Monrovia on 11-16 November, involved 20 participants from three focal AU countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
The aim of the training was to increase the effectiveness of AULOs in promoting peace and security in these states. It included training on how to provide qualitative and timely information on conflict trends, participatory approaches to gender analysis, and conflict mitigation measures.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Lt. Col. Hesty Simaanya, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, commended International Alert for the training and promised continued support from the African Union.
The training was made possible thanks to funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). It is part of a three-year project funded by SIDA launched in November 2012, with the aim of supporting the African Union Commission in promoting peace and security in target member states.
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