Our Organisation
The Structure of IPSTC

The Peace & Security Research Department (PSRD) is located in the Karen campus of the IPSTC and is responsible for providing intellectual input into the IPSTC system. It conducts research, designs training curricula and manages the knowledge of the Centre. Its activities cover all phases of peace operations in Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Post-Conflict Recovery.


The PSRD contributes to the production of knowledge related to peace and security policy issues in Eastern Africa, as well as issues relevant to Peace Support in order to design training. It interacts with regional and international partners to identify training needs and standards.

In terms of Applied Research, the PSRD focuses on policy issues related to initiatives and contributes knowledge informing the Eastern African Peace and Security Architecture.

In terms of Curriculum Design, the Department is responsible for institutionalizing the IPSTC Systems Approach to Training as a mechanism that ensures continuous improvement of IPSTC products. It designs training according to the requirements or the needs of regional and international partners. It also ensures the follow-up of curricula and make sure they are relevant to current doctrine and practices.

In an effort to sustain IPSTC's relevance, the Department has built and continues to strengthen relationships between and among key partners, stakeholders and likeminded institutions. Having contributed to the development and maintenance of a Training Management System database, the Department is able to track information on participants, facilitators, event content, as well as lessons learned and best practices. The Department also maintains a library collection which is aligned with the IPSTC Training and Education Framework as well as publishing a Quarterly Newsletter.

As a whole, the Department liaises with relevant academic and research institutions, International Organizations, the Civil Society and NGOs with a view to increasing IPSTC's network of experts. An example of this effort is the quarterly Amani Lectures which bring together members of the Nairobi area peace and security community.


The responsibilities of the Peace and Security Research Department include:

  1. Production of applied research products related to peace and security policy in Eastern Africa.
  2. Enhancement of the IPSTC Training and Education Framework.
  3. Definition of the training and education standards for all events conducted at IPSTC.
  4. Conduct of validation of all training and education events.
  5. Maintenance of institutional linkages with partners for the development and delivery of applied research products and training and education events.
  6. Management of knowledge related to the IPSTC Training activities.
  7. Management of the IPSTC website and students Training Management System.


The Department is divided into three wings:

  • Applied Research, in charge of analyzing crises in order to extract training requirements relevant to the East African region. It produces demanded research products and contributes to Eastern African country profiles. The Applied Research Wing conducts field research and interacts with regional academic institutions for the production of research papers, the organization of academic related seminars and symposiums.
  • Curriculum Design Wing, in charge of designing training curricula for strategic, operational, and tactical training levels and for military and civilian audiences. The Curriculum Design Wing is also responsible for ensuring adequacy between delivered training and doctrine as defined by international and regional peace organization. It convenes workshops and seminars for the development of products related to the tactical, operational and strategic levels of training and education at IPSTC.
  • Knowledge Management Wing, in charge of supporting IPSTC’s staff and students with up-to-date documentation. It comprises a library and is currently developing an e-library to provide on-line access to key documents, policies and doctrines.