Training for human security
The focus in this article is on the trainers, trainees, and training methods of human security. Case examples are drawn from different regions around the globe, with particular though not exclusive, emphasis on Africa. The aim is to explore the scope of training, national and regional approaches, the choice of training methods, including distance training, micro-credit instruction, and ICT skill acquisition. Particular attention is given to the regionalization of training in the United Nations. The initiative for much of the training in human security has taken place in the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Nagoya, Japan. The human security training concept is relatively recent, and owes its theory and practice to any number of traditional disciplines and research streams - economics, sociology, international affairs, peace studies and conflict resolution, social work and social development. Likewise the sponsors and funders of training are multiple – international associations, UN member organizations, NGOs and community-based agencies, all with their own priorities and training infrastructures. While various training models are discussed in the article, none is presented as a standard for others.
KEYWORDS: Training, human security, Africa, UNCRD, Japan, regional approaches, technologies