The AU's legal and political mechanisms for peacebuilding

Course Title: Peace and Security and Africa 

Course instructor: Colonel Auguste Denise Barry

Coordinator: Latyr Tine  


Course start date: 30/11/2022


Course breakdown: the course is divided into 4 modules 

 Course outline:  

The AU's legal and political mechanisms for peacebuilding 

How unconstitutional changes undermine peacebuilding dynamics

What role for civil society in peacebuilding and in transitional justice processes

How to involve citizens in peace processes across the continent  


Course description:

 This course reviews the dynamics of promoting peace and security in Africa since the adoption of its Constitutive Act in July 2000, which committed the AU to reject unconstitutional and violent changes of government. To this effect, it established the Peace and Security Council (PSC), which has a mandate to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts.. 

To interrupt the cycle of violence and conflict that has been ongoing on the continent since the independence years, the states parties to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) committed themselves to developing the necessary legislative and policy frameworks for the establishment and consolidation of culture, democracy and peace.

 Overall objective:

 The modules of this course will assist learners to understand the critical role of peace on democracy and good governance. They will also learn about the role of national, regional and continental institutions as well as civil society in peacebuilding in Africa.

Specific objectives:

 Provide scientific and educational content  

 Produce content that is accessible to a wide audience  

 Create a network of relays composed of members of CSOs, CBOs and media professionals for the promotion of peace on the continent. 


 The course modules are in video format and available in a downloadable PDF format or as podcast excerpts.

Several types of resources and activities (video clips, external links, quizzes, interactive activities, etc.) are available.

Evaluation methods:

 A quiz at the end of the course will allow participants to assess themselves. This evaluation will be based on the content of the videos.

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