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Protection of Civilians (PoC) In Armed Conflicts Course

Course Description

Due to the changing nature of conflicts most especially in Africa, and the devastating effects of such conflicts on civilians, it has become imperative for the United Nations to act. In that respect, the concept of protection of civilians was developed in order to address the injustices meted out to civilians in conflict zones. In order to operationalize the concept, the UN began to mandate peace missions to protect civilians. There are several missions within Africa with PoC mandates. Nigeria has been involved in several Peace Support Operations at regional, continental and international levels, and is currently ranked among the 5 highest Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) in the world.

The course on protection of civilians is specifically designed to build capacity to improve the security of the population and people at risk, and to ensure the full respect for the rights of groups and the individual recognized under regional and international legal instruments including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced persons, and the Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, as well as international law, including humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.



A total of 25 (Twenty Five) participants are expected to attend the two weeks course. In compliance with the provisions of the UN Resolution 1325 on Gender, 30% of participants will be females.



The course aims to:


  • – Equip them with the necessary tools and the required knowledge of protection of civilians in PSOs;
  • – Equip participants with the capacity to identify the challenges of modern day protection of civilian issues;
  • – Equip participants with the skills for overcoming modern day challenges in Protection of Civilian issues;
  • – Enhance PoC capabilities for personnel prepared for serving in missions with PoC mandate in the region.


Language of Instruction: English

This course is made possible through funding provided by the Government of Japan and National Defence College, Nigeria



Centre for Strategic Research and Studies,

National Defence College                 

CSRS Abuja.       


Enquiries: CCM Ichite; +234 81 6331 66 88


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