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H2020 Report Summary

Project ID: 700583
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - (Strengthening the Capabilities and Training Curricula for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Personnel with ICT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Approaches)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2017-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project’s mission is to aggregate a comprehensive collection and analysis on the state-of-the-art in conflict prevention and peace building (CPPB) training in Europe and of the EU. Over the period of two years, the project aims to assess practices, efforts and training needs of European actors. The goal is to map out and connect stakeholders, to provide recommendations on best practices as well as ICT approaches to training involving relevant stakeholders at every stage of the process. More specifically, the objectives of are:
(O1) REVIEW current understanding and training related to CPPB, outline potential divergences and outsourcing effects, and investigate essential requirements based on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) including ethical and legal issues.
(O2) ANALYSE existing CPPB training curricula across Europe running a multi-perspective exploration on its contents, methods, didactics, stakeholder groups, interaction levels, practices, approaches etc. including a special view on already existing digital solutions and e-learning appliances.
(O3) INVOLVE CPPB experts and actors along all project phases via surveys, interviews, and focus groups to gather first-hand experiences and knowledge and to identify practices, requirements, specific challenges, and needs including the installation of a strong expert and advisory board.
(O4) DEVELOP novel training methods in the field of civilian CPPB with e-approaches and create a multidimensional Curricula Model establishing efficient and effective CPPB training in Europe including a systematic layer structure, target-group-specific elements and expert levels.
(O5) PROVIDE an interactive Web Platform including a knowledge base, expert navigators, training centres directories, best practice libraries, interactive curricula guides etc. to strengthen the information transfer of all project developments and future implementations.
(O6) LEVERAGE the collaboration between the training recipients, public agencies, training, experts, practitioners and training organisations, and industry (especially SMEs) providing an intelligent Catalogue matching actors and services on pan-European and international level.
(O7) INCREASE awareness on CPPB Channels and media promoting the outcomes across Europe to especially attract public and civil CPPB agencies by creating a sustainable strategy, run mobilisation and engagement activities and provide digital contents and modern infographics.
The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the preparedness and skills of personnel for conflict prevention and peacekeeping missions especially in conflict-prone countries.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The objectives REVIEW and ANALYSE have successfully be accomplished under WP3 by end of June 2017. The Baseline Analysis Report takes a close look at the current European CPPB training landscape under the CSDP as well as the EU CSDP Training Policy. The report outlines the challenges and divergences between training approaches within the European framework. The first report points to particular challenges related to CSDP concerning Member States cooperation. Additionally, the eighty interviews conducted contributed to complete the objective of REVIEW and ANALYSIS. The interview questions, directed at police, military and civilian were used to grasp the different stakeholders’ understanding of CPPB training, as well as challenges, gaps and future developments. The analysis of the interview data provided the basis for the other deliverables, to meet the objectives of REVIEWING and ANALYSING. The final reports of WP3 fulfil the objective of ANALYSIS, as they pin point understanding and approaches to and practice of training, including curricula contents, target groups and methods. Current e-approaches to training management are also presented.
The 3rd objective was mainly accomplished within the tasks of WP2. A particular relevance was given to the organization of stakeholder workshops, where different categories of stakeholders were invited to inform the project in the development of its knowledge base as well as to co-create key recommendations of the project.
Objective no 4 is currently in progress of being accomplished but the first outcomes already outlined a CPPB training curricula model, framework and architecture. The results of WP4 will feed into the development and structuring of the online platform and thus a large interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers, practitioners, developers, requirements engineers and graphic designers are working on it.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far) seeks constant dissemination of reports and transparency to ultimately raise awareness about CPPB training as well as inspiration to review and improve CPPB training amongst stakeholders. The consortium is positive that the findings will influence European training centres, such as ESDC or ENTRi-related organisations as well as NGO-based, to improve practices.
The initial steps of the project foresaw to raise awareness amongst relevant stakeholders about: the importance of training to ultimately deploy well-prepared mission/project staff in CPPB activities, the existing training actors and approaches in Europe, existing curricula topics as well as often/rarely used training methods.
WP4 is on track for delivering additional relevant key impacts/impact objectives of the project - including elaboration of new training curricula for enhancing the preparedness and skills of personnel for conflict prevention and peace keeping missions especially in high risk countries, including the role of new technologies. This in turn will contribute to more efficient and effective conflict prevention and peacekeeping missions.

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