Contributing to peace consolidation in Afghanistan (CPCA)

he CPCA project maps, evaluates and strengthens mandated local / national state, civil society and UN peace consolidation expertise & capacity in Afghanistan, to support the creation of a conducive context for achievement of MDGs in the aftermath of violent conflicts. Using a multi-stakeholder approach, the project strengthens the target group’s capacity for peace consolidation, transition management from peacekeeping/peace enforcement to peacemaking/peacebuilding, and support the improvement of targeted programming for violence prevention.

The project:

  1. Identifies and assesses capacity, human and institutional needs, achievements and lessons learned in Afghanistan’s peacebuilding, peace consolidation and violence prevention capacity building programmes and practice
  2. Designs a capacity building module addressing identified needs and integrating achievements/ lessons learned
  3. engages in visibility and advocacy activities supporting the long term sustainability of the project results. Project outputs and results are shared and effectively distributed to key Afghan and international actors.

Target group

Relevant government / state institutions and policy and decision makers dealing with development and peace consolidation in Afghanistan; key civil society / non-state actors dealing with development, governance, and peacemaking/peace consolidation in Afghanistan; staff of UN agencies and peacekeeping missions and UN Country Teams in Afghanistan (UNAMA, UNDP Afghanistan).

In addition to the direct beneficiaries (participants in the Needs Assessment Process and in the capacity building programme), the project targets a wider audience that includes Romanian experts and practitioners, key donors, World Bank, EU, UN DPKO, UN PBSO, UNDP, UN DPA, and national and international organisations working in peace consolidation in other conflict contexts through the dissemination and sharing of the Needs Assessment Results and the final Handbook.


  • To attain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current institutional, training and capacity building, competency and human resources gaps, needs, requirements and achievements of Afghan state institutions and civil society organizations towards sustained peace consolidations in the frame of the MDG achievement capacity of the country
  • To raise awareness on the institutional, capacity building, competency and human resources gaps, requirements and achievements towards sustained peace consolidation in Afghanistan and their impact in MDG achievement
  • To change the current supply-driven capacity building development practice to customized, demand-driven one, that answers in an efficient manner to the institutional, capacity building, competence and human resource needs, achievements and lessons identified in the peacebuilding field in Afghanistan and internationally
  • To confer sustainability to the knowledge, methodology and tools created through a network of alumni and international experts that would have a multiplier effect on the capacity building planning and programming future processes
  • To make visible the experience of Romania in democratic transition acknowledge and connect the expertise of Romanian experts and diplomats in the field of peace consolidation and violence prevention as part of Romania’s ODA strategy


  1. Needs Assessment and Country Report Development on the institutional, capacity building, competency and human resources strengths, gaps, requirements and achievements towards sustained peace consolidation in the frame of MDG achievement
  2. Capacity building programme development and implementation customized to the exact needs and context in Afghanistan and building upon Afghan and international expertise, lessons and needs-identified by participant stakeholders in the first phase of the project
  3. Publications/Resource development:
    • Country Needs Assessment Report
    • “Lessons identified in peace consolidation capacity building in Afghanistan: Strengthening International Support for National Infrastructure and Capabilities through Peacebuilding.” (working title)
  4. Coordination and Advocacy: meetings with relevant Afghan and international experts to make the project purpose, outcomes and outputs known and materials and resources available (in Brussels and Bucharest)


The project aims to create the following long-term impact:

  • Enhanced Afghan ownership over peacebuilding and peacemaking capacities required by a peaceful transition process
  • Highlighted link between the nationally and locally owned peacebuilding and peacemaking capacities, and the successful engagement with MDG targets
  • Boosted national, local and community based capacities to achieve MDG targets in the post-2014 transition period through the use of peacebuilding/ peacemaking skills and knowledge
  • Central role placed on the traditional/ indigenous peacebuilding/ peacemaking practices in the overall capacity building processes in Afghanistan
  • Strengthened role of the Afghan civil society in the provision of such capacity building programs for national and local actors


The project is implemented with the financial assistance of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its official development assistance budget, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – Regional Center for Europe and the CIS.

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