The Civilian Dimension of the African Standby Force

By African Union
Updated: 10/24/2011

AfricanunionpeacekeeperEdited by Cedric de Coning and Yvonne Kasumba. African Union Commission and ACCORD, 2010.

The development of the Africa Standby Force (ASF) has focused predominantly on its military components. As a result, civilian staff has comprised less than one percent of mission strength in recent African peace missions, undermining the management of political processes, restoration of core government services, and other key objectives. Greater clarity and commitment to the civilian components of the ASF policy framework are needed to achieve comprehensive African peacekeeping capabilities.

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