Research Fellow and the Deputy Program Head of the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Fiifi Edu-Afful (PhD) is a Research Fellow and the Deputy Program Head of the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Psychology, a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies, and a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. He was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He also serves as a Faculty Member on the MA Program in Defence and International Politics at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC). He has nearly 10 years’ experience authoring, teaching and facilitating on conflict, peace and security. Between 2013 and 2014, he served as an Advisory Team Member for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN peacekeeping. Furthermore, he has also served as a lead facilitator and consultant for the African Centre for the Study & Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) and has been a specialist on KAIPTC courses on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in Fragile, Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. He facilitates training modules on Multidimensional Peace Support Operations, Terrorism and Violent Extremism, Mediation and Vulnerable Groups, Protection of Civilians, and Sexual and Gender-based Violence. He is a 2013 laureate for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar Senegal. Internationally, He serves as an editor of Gov-Enhance Africa, a South African based think-tank that creates a working platform for Africa’s young leaders to use their multi-disciplinary thought, leadership and technical abilities to enhance governance on the continent. He is a member of International Studies Association (ISA); Governance for African Resource Network (GARN); Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID); and Gender and Evaluation. Nationally, he was part of the writing team for Ghana’s National Counter Terrorism Policy; member/rapporteur for the Working Group on Ghana’s National Security Policy; and member of the Working Group to develop guidelines for Ghana’s Paper on Strengthening the Relationship and Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional Arrangements/agencies in the Peaceful Settlements of Disputes. He is currently undertaking research on inclusive peacebuilding and peacekeeping exit frameworks, Domestic Security Implication of UN peacekeeping, improving Response Capacities to Terrorism in Peacekeeping Theatres in Africa and Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Conflict.