Development cooperation ,16.04.2019

African Union Conflict Prevention and Mediation Capacities Support Project


Finland’s long-term project cooperation with the African Union in the field of mediation will continue by a new three-year-project in 2019 – 2022. Finland funded the AU mediation Support Capcity Project in 2009 - 2019. The project achieved significant results in strengthening mediation structures in the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), such as the establishment of the FemWise-Africa Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, establishment of the annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators, and development of mediation tools. The long-term impact result of the new project is an improved capacity at the AU Commission’s (AUC) Peace and Security Department (PSD) to conduct preventive diplomacy and mediation interventions, in a gender-sensitive manner. The project outcome results are enhanced technical support capacities for interventions, strengthened capacity of the Secretariat of the FemWise-Africa Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, and enhanced capacity for knowledge management at the PSD. To achieve the results the project supports activities concerning 1) strategic and operational capacities, 2) inclusivity and gender-sensitivity, and 3) knowledge management. The project’s beneficiaries, represented by the AU, are preventive diplomacy and mediation institutions of the AU and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), practitioners in this field, and ultimately communities in conflict sensitive areas. Finland's support to the project will be channelled as a discretionary Government transfer through the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) of Finland. It implements the project together with two divisions of the AUC/PSD. Finland's financial contribution to the project in 2019 - 2022 will be in total 2,4 Million Euros.

Funding decision  16.04.2019

2 400 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution 100%

Funding channel

  • Crisis Management Initiative
  • African Union (excluding peacekeeping facilities)



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