The partnership between the government of Japan and IPSTC continues to soar. We were privileged to welcome H.E Ambassador Shinsuke Shimizu, the Ambassador Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, for his first visit to the Center.
His visit brought him up to speed with IPSTC’s mandate and the successes we have achieved since our partnership with his government was signed off on the 23rd of June 2011. High on the list of achievements over the years include the enhanced regional capacity in the AU and UN peacekeeping missions, in addition to the development of training modules, 26 in number, through research, field visits, Training Needs Assessments and monitoring and evaluation.
As the Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Shimizu was particularly keen on exploring more avenues for partnerships with our Center, especially on the state of peace and security in the region. This is so, as Japan has attached great importance to the region, as it is linked to Japan’s policy on Africa’s development as per the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). As a result, fruitful discussions on the same took place.
Our Director, Brigadier Joyce Sitienei who led the discussions, was optimistic about strengthening the partnership between IPSTC and Japan, as we both have the opportunity to play a critical role in the Horn of Africa region in matters peace and security.
IPSTC will fondly remember the visit of the Ambassador, as he proceeded to plant a tree at the Center’s premises. Accompanying him during the visit were the Defence Attaché Japan to Kenya, Keiko Kawashima and Second Secretary, General and Political Affairs Embassy of Japan in Kenya, Kawabata Kohei.


Africa’s borders are potent with innovation, creativity and economic prowess. They have the capability of utilizing their human and natural resources bar the conflicts that continuously surface in these regions.
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IPSTC’s Africa Amani Journal special issue set out to provide insights on issues experienced in the borderlands. This was in close conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme - African Borderlands Center (UNDP-ABC).
The journal presents opportunities for collaboration and partnership to address peace, security and sustainable development. It was authored by scholarly fellows affiliated with peace and security matters from the countries of Nigeria and Kenya and subjected to peer review.
The journal’s special issue was launched at our Center’s headquarters in Karen, Nairobi. The launch was attended by the Director IPSTC, Brigadier Joyce Sitienei, UNDP Deputy Resident Ms Mandisa Mashologu, Project Manager UNDP-ABC, Dr Kehinde Bolaji, Head of Applied Research at IPSTC, Lt. Col Mwasaru, Senior Officers from IPSTC, distinguished scholars, and IPSTC and UNDP staff.
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In her speech at the launch, our Director Brigadier Joyce Sitienei touched on how appreciative the journal is of the complexities that come with the conceptualization of security. She further highlighted how important it was for the borderlands to be taken care of as they can contribute to national development.
UNDP Deputy Resident Ms Mandisa Mashologu also gave her remarks during the launch. Ms Mandisa was pleased with the fruits of the collaboration between UNDP and IPSTC as it brought forth an avenue to converge knowledge curation and evidence-based solutions. This she viewed, will enhance future interventions in the borderlands.
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The Project Manager for UNDP-ABC Dr. Kehinde Bolaji welcomed future collaborations and urged stakeholders to continue investing in action research geared towards the state of our borderlands.
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The Head of Applied Research, Lt. Col Mwasaru, took the mantle of highlighting the journey of the long-standing partnership between IPSTC and UNDP, which goes as far back as 2009 and ultimately led to the launch of the special issue.
To read the AAJ Special Issue click on this link:


IPSTC staff bid farewell to Defence Attaché (DA) Japan to Kenya, Commander Takao Katsumata, upon the completion of his tour of duty.
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The Centre and the Government of Japan have had a long-standing partnership for over 10 years. Through the support, we have been able to conduct training, education, and research in the fields of Gender mainstreaming, Maritime Security and Blue Economy, and Community peacebuilding initiatives among others.
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In her speech, our Director Brigadier Joyce Sitienei expressed her gratitude to the outgoing DA, as he was a supporter, a colleague, and a friend of the Centre. She further reiterated her many thanks for the support and commitment and wished him well on his new assignment.
Commander Takao's exit will see his position filled by the incoming Japan DA to Kenya, Commander Keiko Kawashima. The new DA received a warm welcome from the IPSTC fraternity.HB0A2247 1

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