Conflict Early Warning and Early Response
APFO continues to play an active role in upholding previous peace agreements in the region and participating in upcoming peace processes. Through its programs APFO seeks to identify and develop early warning and response indicators; produce policy recommendations on early warning; support existing early warning mechanisms; promote resource sharing on cross border issues; monitor, track and analyze conflicts in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa regions; and disseminate such information to policy makers and other strategic actors who can influence response.
In recent years APFO has carried out programs to systematically anticipate and influence response to various conflicts that affect the Horn and the Great Lakes region of Africa. Notably, Africa Peace Forum was involved with the setting up of IGADs Conflict Early Warning Mechanism (CEWARN) 2000 which aims at providing early warning information on potential conflict areas among the pastoralist communities in the IGAD sub-region.
Following the initiative APFO served as the National Research Institution for the Implementation of program in Kenya. Key information that was generated by APFO as the National Research Institute (NRI) through its staff/research team has been shared with the Kenyan Conflict Early Warning and Response Units (CEWERU) as well as sent to IGAD CEWARN Unit in Addis Ababa.
APFO continues to engage with various stakeholders on policies and strategies to respond to possible and actual conflicts with the region as well as promote the development of the organization’s capacity and its key partners for research and analysis on critical issues relating to early warning.