Capacity Building Support for Malaysia Role in Multidimensional Peacekeeping Training Phase II

What is this project about?

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence of Malaysia, Government of Japan and Norway, UNDP Malaysia is collaborating with the Malaysian Peacekeeping Center’s (MPC) to strengthen its capacity in providing multi-dimensional peacekeeping training to UN Peacekeepers from the world.

In close collaboration with national and global experts, the project is currently developing three training modules/manuals that will address complex training needs of peacekeepers who have to operate within the context that involves multiple actors with divergent roles and mandates. The three modules are focused on issues related to gender, cultural diversity in peacekeeping operations and protection of civilians.

Upon completion of the three training modules/manuals, beginning mid-2014 to July 2015, MPC will be organizing customized Training of Trainers workshops, regional seminars and thematic training courses for representatives from the military, police and civil society, particularly from Asia and Africa.

The project will also seek to enhance MPCs research capacity in producing research publications on emerging peacekeeping issues for the mutual benefit of the global peacekeeping community.

What has been the situation?

The scale of UN peacekeeping today is unprecedented. The diversity of mission mandates stretches the UN’s capacity to deliver on all tasks. Moreover, new peacekeeping tasks are being developed and require high numbers of police and civilian specialists, experts that are in limited supply globally.

 In view of this, continuous dialogues take place between the UN Secretariat and Member States on how to reinvigorate the peacekeeping partnership with a view to improving the effectiveness of operations on the ground.

 From 2010 to 2013, UNDP Malaysia and the Malaysian Ministry of Defense with the support of the UNDP-Japanese Partnership Fund, successfully implemented the Capacity Building Support for Malaysia’s Role in Multidimensional Peacekeeping Training: Phase 1.

 This project specifically supported the role of MPC in providing multidimensional peacekeeping training to peacekeeping personnel and trainers from more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa with a focus on raising gender issues and civil-military coordination.

 New training manuals were developed and the capacity of 372 Malaysian and international military and civilian personnel in peacekeeping operations from around the world were built, and the capacity of MPC as a multidimensional peacekeeping training center was strengthened. The training materials were also shared with a selected number of UN Peacekeeping Training Centre’s around the world.  

 As of 2012, the civil-military coordination course became a permanent course offered in MPC. Under this project, an international gender and peacekeeping seminar was also held in Malaysia for the very first time, providing Malaysia a platform to provide input into global perspectives on the issue.

How are we doing this?



Phase II of the project will build on Phase I of the project, in strengthening MPCs capacity to provide multidimensional peacekeeping training of international standards. Phase II of the project also aims to support MPC’s long term aims of increasing its role as a premium international research and development peacekeeping center.

 The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Malaysian Armed Forces, particularly the Training and Operations Branch, under which the MPC falls.

 

What have we accomplished so far?

Gender Component: The research and development of the gender-training manual have been successfully completed. In addition, the Training of Trainers for MPC faculty and representatives from 7 countries, Gender Course attended by representatives from 10 countries and thematic Gender Seminar have all been completed successfully.  The project is currently beginning its discussions on the project components related to protection of civilians and cultural diversity.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount
2014-15 UNDP TRAC $32,000
2014-15 Government Cost-sharing $136,831
2014-15 Government of Japan $150,470
2014-15 Government of Norway $172,353
Total   $491,654

Summary of Expenditures in 2014

No.

Activities

TRAC Cost Share Govt of Norway Govt of Japan

1.

Gender Component

-

-

$82,173.11

-

2.

Cultural Diversity Component

-

$33,608.74

-

-

3.

Capacity Building for MPC trainers

 

$2,531.91

-

-

-

4.

Project Management

$6,961.94

$9,156.61

 

$6,076.34

Adjustments $(231.81)

$5,909.84

Adjustments $(225.52)

Subtotal

$9,493.85

$42,765.35

$88,017.64

$5,684.32

TOTAL Expenditure for 2014

$145,961.16

TOTAL Expenditure for 2015 $300,268

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