- To facilitate the ability of peace support training centres to dialogue with each other as a matter of routine;
To facilitate meetings and the exchange of information and best practices;
To facilitate efforts to harmonise the doctrine, training, etc of the various members;
To serve as a depository that offers advisory services to the African Union (the Commission and the Peace and Security Council) on peace support operations issues;
To act as a sounding board for the AU Commission on peace support operations.
Other than its members, APSTA has two principal organs. The first is the Presidency, which is annually held on rotational basis by a member institution. The second is the APSTA Secretariat, which is the permanent standing organ of the Association based in Nairobi, Kenya.
APSTA exists on the legal basis of the Constitution.
TOWARDS A PEACEFUL AND STABLE AFRICA
In relation to capacity building for Peace Support Operation,the work of APSTA is guided by the AU-APSTA Memorandum of Understanding.
Areas of Engagement
Promoting the provision and improvement of peacekeeping training and the peace support operations in Africa;
Coordination, harmonization and standardization of peace support operations training;
Research and Publications on issues relevant to peace support operations in Africa;
Organizing public forums on issues of current importance in the areas of peace support operations and peace support operations training.
Through these and other initiatives, APSTA aims to support the development and operationalization of the African Standby Force and the work of the AU and RECs/RMs in the areas of Peace Support Operations training as well as the development of doctrine and lessons learned.