About the Institute

IPSS is a premier institute of higher education for peace and security studies in the region. Its mission is to promote peace and security in Ethiopia and Africa at large through education, research and professional development. The Institute produces skilled professionals in conflict prevention, management, resolution as well as in peace building, and promotes the values of a democratic and peaceful society.


History

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) was established at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in 2007 following a tripartite agreement between AAU, the Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia, and the University for Peace Africa Programme. The vision of a premier higher learning and research institution on peace and security studies in the Horn of Africa received further stimulation when AAU named IPSS one of its five Centres of Excellence as early as 2010.
 
Since its inception, IPSS promotes peace and security through research, education, and outreach. We provide above-standard academic and professional training for conflict analysis and conflict prevention, management, and resolution, and peacebuilding with an all-African outlook. The Institute organises conferences, panel discussions, briefing sessions, and seminars both to conduct and disseminate research and expertise and to promote values of a democratic and peaceful society. With our activities, we reach out to communities as much as to international and Africans institutions to build a community of knowledge and practice for solving contemporary challenges to peace and security in Africa.
 
In a nutshell, IPSS engages in:

  • Training for peace and conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • Linking scholarly research with policy development
  • Reaching out to make peace enforcement a community effort
  • Developing and enriching students’ inquisitive abilities, fostering creativity and

personal commitment

Mission and Vision

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) was founded with a vision of a premier higher learning and research institution on peace and security studies. IPSS pursues the mission to promote peace and security in Ethiopia and Africa at large through education, research, and professional development.
 
Within this outlook, the partnership with the African Union (AU), the Africa Peace and Security Progamme, operates with the vision of a premier source for AU and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of substantial and high-quality contributions towards promoting practical African led-solutions for peace and security challenges. The APSP mission includes capacity development of professionals by means of 
 
(1) the provision of substantial, first-rate practical education and training based on a deep understanding of the issues as well as on cutting edge adult education methodologies;
 
(2) developing data and concepts further through applied research;
 
(3) helping to develop conceptual orientation for action and programme design among top decision-makers and experts and to provide relevant practical advice to AU and RECs;
 
(4) bringing together institutions with relevant expertise from all sectors of African social and political life and facilitate their collaboration with the AU and RECs; and by supporting the AU in reaching out to them.

 

The Africa Peace And Security Programme (APSP)

APSP is a joint programme of the African Union and Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the Addis Ababa University, mandated by the African Union’s Executive Council to take up the intellectual challenge of finding African-led solutions to peace and security in Africa.
 
Our vision is to be a premier source for the AU and RECs of substantial and high quality contributions towards promoting practice African-led solutions for peace and security challenges.
 
Our mission entails:

  1. To build the capacity of professionals through the provision of substantial, first rate practical education and training based on a deep understanding of the issues as well as on cutting edge adult education methodologies.
  2. To further develop data and concepts for action and programme design among top decision makers and experts and to provide relevant practical advice to the African Union and RECs.
  3. To bring together institutions with relevant expertise from all sectors of African social and political life and facilitate their collaboration with the AU and RECs; and to support the AU in reaching out to them.