Who we are

The African Union Commission’s Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD), alternatively referred to as the African Standby Force Continental Planning Element, was set up pursuant to the provisions of Article 13 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (2002) and Article 18 of the Policy Framework on the Establishment of the African Standby Force and the Military Staff Committee (2004).

What we do

PSOD responds to Peace Support Operations (PSOs) matters within the Peace and Security Department. The PSOD puts together policies, guidelines, agreements, frameworks and mechanisms to help bring together regional peace and security mechanism to respond to peace support operations and security challenges on the continent. PSOD plans, launches, sustains, monitors and liquidates all Peace Support Operations (PSOs) authorized by the African Union Policy Organs (AUPOs) inclusive of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and/or the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (Assembly), as appropriate.


Scope of AU PSOs

AU PSOs are either mandated or authorized: