Child protection symposium

Symposium report

International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) and
Save the Children
Child Protection In Peace Support Operations Symposium
Venue: IPSTC, Karen
Date: 13 October 2016

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As the world continues to experience armed conflict, the effects are enormous and devastating to children who continuously bear and have to suffer the negative consequences. Globally and in Africa, a number of organization’s are increasingly getting concerned and responding to minimize the effects and ensure that children’s rights are upheld before, during and after conflict. Since 1999 Save the Children has been working with the national militaries and other peacekeepers across Africa on various capacity building initiatives including training military and police destined for peacekeeping missions. IPSTC was amongst the initial beneficiaries of such trainings which consequently set the conditio sine qua non for subsequent child protection trainings and focus by the institute.

Moreover, the multi-dimensional nature of peace support operations, the changing nature of conflict and the challenges that the world is facing today necessitates that various actors share learnings, best practices, challenges and opportunities and strongly work towards more integration and collaboration. Cognizant to this, IPSTC and Save the Children, are jointly organizing a symposium as an opportunity and platform for sharing best practices, collaboration, networking and building a body of knowledge from the experiences of PSO practitioners, actors and stakeholders. The symposium is aimed at reviewing key child protection issues and practices in peace support operations with a view of drawing learnings and enhancing collaboration by building a network of PSO actors.

Event Program

Time Activity Venue Facilitator/Speaker
0830-0900 Registration New Conference Room Oliver/Evans
0900-0910 Arrival of the Save the Children Regional & Multi-Country Programme Director VIP Room Symposium Coordinator

Maj Geoffrey Misiani

0910-0930 Welcome remarks New Conference Room Brig P M Nderitu, Director IPSTC
Opening remarks New Conference Room Ben Aliwa, Save the Children Regional & Multi-Country Programme Director
0930-0940 Group photo Outside Research Complex RSM
0940-1000 High Tea Joan
1000-1045 Session 1: Setting the scene an overview of child protection in peace support operations New Conference Room Anthony Njoroge, Save the Children Senior Programme Manager
1045-1100 Discussions New Conference Room Prof Gatara
1100-1200 Session 2: Protection of children in armed conflict: Case study New Conference Room Col Donatien Nduwimana
1200-1230 Discussions New Conference Room Prof Gatara
1230-1400 Lunch break Joan
1400-1500 Session 3: Child protection training effectiveness: Challenges and opportunities New Conference Room Catherine Cherotich-IPSTC, Joshua Kariuki-EASF, Edwin Kimani-Save the Children
1500-1530 Discussions Prof Gatara
1530-1615hrs Session 4: Strengthening collaboration in peace support operations New Conference Room OCHA
1615-1645 Discussions New Conference Room Prof Gatara
1645-1650 Official Closing Remarks New Conference Room Brig P M Nderitu, Director IPSTC
1700 Cocktail – Peace Banda Joan

 Moderator:  Prof Gatara

About the organizers
Save the Children with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency for Development (SIDA) has, since 2003, been implementing the project ‘Strengthening child protection in African Union (AU) peace support operations (PSO) in East and West Africa’. The project works with partners to deliver sustainable actions for children by entrenching child protection mechanism within the African Peace and Security Architecture. In in collaboration with key stakeholders in East and West Africa including the Regional Mechanisms/Regional Economic Communities such as the AU and its institutions, ECOWAS, EASF, the Training Centres of Excellence and national armed forces the project has been working to harmonize and standardize child protection training approaches.

IPSTC is a research and training institution focusing on capacity building at the strategic, operational and tactical levels within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture which is established as the regional Centre of Excellence for the African Standby Force (ASF) in Eastern Africa.

The symposium is open to child protection actors from institutions and organizations working on child protection in armed conflict and other related aspects. These institutions include, Regional Mechanisms and Missions, Inter-state and government bodies; Training Centers of Excellence; Humanitarian and Non-Governmental Organizations; United Nations Agencies, Government, Civil Society Organizations among others.

Contact persons
For further information, contact

Save the Children IPSTC
Evelyn Namvua:
Tel: +254722575607
Col. Joyce Sitienei:
Anthony Ombara: Maj Geoffrey Misiani:
Watson Karuma:

Important note
The organizers will only cater for meals, refreshments and other agreed costs on the day of the symposium. Participants are requested to cater for their other needs including transport.