Civilian personnel play a pivotal role in multi-dimensional and integrated peacekeeping as well as peace-building operations.

This emerged during the graduation ceremony of 22 SADC civilians, who had completed the SADC Civilian Foundation Course in Peace Support Operations at the SADC Regional Peace Training Centre (RPTC) in Harare.

In his remarks, Zambian top envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Emmanuel Chenda underscored the importance of maintaining peace in the SADC region.

“Civilians integrate political, humanitarian, development and military activities to assist the host country’s transition from conflict to sustainable peace,” he said.

Graduates promised to take the peace support operation challenges head-on with the objective of enhancing peace and stability in the SADC region.

Article 3 of the memorandum of understanding that established the SADC Standby Force in 2007 consists of military, police and civilian component.

The course drew participants from 12 SADC member countries, which are: Botswana, The Comoros, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, The Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.