About ASC

The African Union Commission (AUC), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Regional Mechanisms (RMs) regularly recruit and deploy a range of civilian personnel for a broad spectrum of peace and security operations across the African continent. In particular, these organizations undertake conflict prevention initiatives, mediation missions, deploy multi-dimensional peace support operations and conduct post-conflict reconstruction and development needs assessments, among other forms of engagement. This has necessitated the development of a trained and dedicated pool of experts for deployment, and the management of deployments in a more effective and efficient manner, to ensure that the AUC and the RECs and RMs can rapidly identify and deploy the needed personnel for their operations.

Recognizing that civilian expertise, which is often cross-cutting, is required for an array of peace and security operations, the AUC, RECs and RMs have established the African Standby Capacity (ASC). The ASC is coordinated by the AUC at continental level, and it is jointly managed by the AUC and the RECs and RMs.

In practical terms, the AUC, RECs and RMs use the ASC in order to identify, select, train, recruit and deploy relevant personnel in order to allow for effective and rapid deployment to African peace and security. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ASC, the first step is to register for the ASCdatabase. Prior to registration, please contact your respective focal point and read the Terms and Conditions of the ASCdatabase.