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The Francophone Expertise and Training Network for Peace Operations (REFFOP)

A proclaimed commitment by the Heads of State and Government of the Francophone world is to foster a greater participation of French-speaking military, police and civil personnel in the peace operations deployed by the United Nations and relevant regional organizations as well as the use of the French language in such operations.

The Francophone Expertise and Training Network for Peace Operations (REFFOP) aims at bringing together all French-speaking players involved in peace operations: States, international organizations, the operators and 15 institutional networks of the Francophone area, peacekeeping training centres as well as individual experts. REFFOP’s platform is also open to non-francophone organisations likely to be involved in peace operations in the French-speaking world. 


  • Share information about training programs in French for peacekeeping operations.
  • Encourage the participation of French-speaking military, police and civil personnel in peace operations.
  • Contribute to bringing training resources in line with UN and regional-level standards.
  • Mobilize a large community of French-speaking experts.
  • Further the use of French in peace operations, essentially through the method “En Avant!”


  • Peacekeeping Training Centers and Institutes

As of today, REFFOP’s membership includes 22 training Centers and Institutes (General Training Centers, Military Training Centers, Police Training Centers and, online/roving Training Institutes) located in 15 countries. All members offer training courses or programs dealing with peace operations, in French and, are open to foreign students.

REFFOP's members are:

  • The National Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC, Cambodia) ;
  • The Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School of Bamako (EMP, Mali) ;
  • The Infantry School (EAI, Senegal) ;
  • The Engineering and Works School (EGT, Republic of Congo) ;
  • The Higher International School of War (ESIG, Cameroon) ;
  • The Military School of Ouagadougou (EMTO, Burkina Faso) ;
  • The “Mihai Viteazul” Gendarme School (Romania) ;
  • The Military Health School of Libreville (Gabon) ;
  • The Centre for Training in Peacekeeping Operations (CEOMP, Togo) ;
  • The Centre for Training in Post-Conflict Demining and Pollution Removal (CPADD, Benin) ;
  • The International School of Security Forces (EIFORCES, Cameroon) ;
  • The Centre for Mobile Gendarme Training (CPGM, Senegal) ;
  • The Judicial Police Training Centre (CPPJ, Benin) ;
  • The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP, Switzerland) ;
  • The Research Network on Peace Operations (ROP, Canada) ;
  • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR, Switzerland) ;
  • The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI, United States) and;
  • The United Nations Languages and Communications Program (UN, United States);
  • The International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL, Italia);
  • The General Staff School in Libreville (EEML, Gabon) ;
  • The Political Faculty of Science and Law of University of Quebec in Montreal ( UQAM): Summer schools of Peace missions, humanitarian operations and peace building and;
  • The Electoral Training School in Central Africa(EFEAC, RDC) 


A restricted access area for Members and Partners is being put in place in order to increase cooperation between our members. For more information, please contact the administrator

You can visit each member's presentation page here.


  • The French-language method for defence and security forces, “En avant !”

“En avant !" enables non-francophone defense and security forces to be deployed  in peace operations deployed in a French-speaking State to become proficient in French.

Developed by the IOF and the Department for Security and Defence Cooperation under the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is a three-volume learning method (from Levels A1 to B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It can be accessed online at no cost and is available in two formats: an interactive self-instruction format and a guided learning format for teachers and other instructors of French as a foreign language.

A pedagogical guide for the latter is also available upon request to the administrator. 



To access the interactive format of the Method "En avant!" click here or to create a professional account click here.



Consult the English-French glossary of peacekeeping operation, available here.

Access the United Nations Multilingual Terminology Database (UNTERM) here.


  • Francophone civil expertise

In order to address the growing need in francophone experts expressed by the United Nations and other organizations, the REFFOP has developed a mapping of expertise based on the United Nations model, through:

4 specific areas :

* Public Administration
* Legislative branch
* Decentralization
* Public finance management (PFM)

* Constitutional processes
* Electoral processes
* Pluralism and media regulation
* Technical support to political parties
* Mediation, good offices and conflict resolution

* Reform and governance of the security sector (SSR)
* Legal and judicial reform
* Police
* Prison
* Criminal Justice
* Transitional Justice
* Transnational crime and terrorism
* Mine-clearing
* Cyber crimes

* Education
* Sustainable development
* Economic recovery 

3 cross-cutting areas of expertise :


Based on this mapping, experts can be called upon by interested francophone and non-francophone institutions. To request an expert please, click here. 

To read more on this topic, please contact the administrator: administrateur.reffop@francophonie.org


  • Additional resources available online

- A section dedicated to job offers at international agencies, along with recruitment guides;

- Monthly summaries presenting the participation of IOF Member States and observers in United Nations PKOs;

- Information on the training standards set by the UN and relevant regional organizations;

- Additional documents related to peacekeeping operations and peace building in the francophone area.


Contact the REFFOP : administrateur.reffop@francophonie.org

Read more on the OIF’s contribution to peacekeeping operations here.