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Welcome to ACCORD

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.

ACCORD's primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, conflict analysis and conflict prevention. We intervene in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.

ACCORD works throughout Africa: from SADC in the south, through the Great Lakes region to the Horn of Africa and in West Africa. Since 1992, ACCORD has trained over 20,000 people in conflict management and conflict resolution skills, focussing on all sectors: government and the public service, business, military and police, and civil society. ACCORD is part of the growing momentum for an African Renaissance.

The United Nations has recognised ACCORD's approach of intervention, research, training and early warning as a viable model for conflict prevention and conflict transformation on the continent.

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Improving the effectiveness of peacebuilding in South Sudan: Promoting conflict-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and development programming

In implementing humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities, development agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are often likely faced with challenges of understanding the context in which they are operating, and how interventions should interact with the context to maximise positive...

30-09-2015 in Peacebuilding

South Africa consolidates its efforts on gender, peace and security in the development of a National Action Plan on the…

In 2015, the United National Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security celebrates the 15 year anniversary since its inception in 2000. South Africa has continuously been on the frontline in supporting this agenda and related UN...

28-09-2015 in Women

International Day of Peace 2015: Progress and Aspirations toward Silencing the Guns in Africa

In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly declared and established, through Resolution 36/67, an International Day of Peace. The Resolution reaffirmed, amongst other things, that: "...since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that...

22-09-2015 in Peacebuilding

Revisiting Coherence and Coordination – Collective Peacebuilding in Liberia

Consolidating peacebuilding remains a major concern in Liberia in particular during the post-Ebola era. Coordinating the multitude of different international and national actors engaged in national reconciliation is a crucial step needed to revamp peacebuilding priorities that were affected during...

21-09-2015 in Peacebuilding

ACCORD/TfP contributes to discussions aimed at shaping peace operations in Africa

As part of its engagement in supporting the continued review of peace operations in Africa, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (ACCORD/TfP) participated in the 1st Annual Peacekeeping in Africa Conference ­– a forum to discuss the...

15-09-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP Supports AMISOM’s Commitments on Gender Mainstreaming in Somalia’s Peace Processes ahead of the 2016 Elections

Gender mainstreaming in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is key to the successful implementation of the mission mandate and in contributing to sustainable peace processes in Somalia ahead of its 2016 elections. Recognising this, the Training for Peace...

13-09-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD partners with DIRCO on a Public Lecture for International Day of Peace, on 21 September 2015

ACCORD was honoured to collaborate with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on a Public Lecture, hosted by HE Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. The theme of the event was "Strengthening the African...

10-09-2015 in General

ACCORD Executive Director gives TEDx talk on Global Peace in the 21st Century

Mr Vasu Gounden, Executive Director of ACCORD, gave a presentation at TEDx Stellenbosch 2015 on 5 September 2015, entitled 'The Possibility of Global Peace in the 21st Century'. A TEDx event is an independent TED event, where a curated live...

04-09-2015 in Executive

Taking the relationship further: ACCORD and SADC operationalise a MoU

On the 22nd of April 2015, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU aims at encouraging collaboration between the two organisations to...

03-09-2015 in Peacemaking


The significance of 2015 continently and globally in the drive for women's empowerment and the achievement of gender equality provides a useful backdrop to assess efforts to use mainstreaming as a tool to bring gender into the equation within peacekeeping...

28-08-2015 in Women

Veterans say women must determine own fate

Speaking at an African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes women's month event in Mount Edgecombe yesterday, Pillay, a former UN high commissioner for human rights, stressed that the role played by women in society, politics and law had...

27-08-2015 in Women


One of ACCORD's strategic pillars is to support government institutions in their responsibilities to promote peace and pursue the constructive resolution of disputes. It is in this light that Mr Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, presented to the...

24-08-2015 in General

2015 – A Defining Year in the Drive for Women’s Empowerment in Africa

Women's Month in South Africa gives us an opportunity to reflect on the efforts globally, and on the continent, to advance women's empowerment and gender equality. These efforts have borne fruit and are accelerating. In Africa the initiatives have reached...

17-08-2015 in Women

Accord Celebrates Women’s Day 2015 and Continues Efforts to Mainstream Gender, Empower and Develop Women

August is Women's Month in South Africa and 9 August was Women's Day. Internationally, Women's Day is celebrated in 8 August, but South Africa celebrates Women's Day on 9 August, to commemorate the march on 9 August 1956 by 20,000...

17-08-2015 in Women

ACCORD’s Executive Director presents on best conflict resolution practices for elections at SADC regional policy conference

On 31 July 2015, Mr Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, delivered a presentation on best practices for conflict management in elections at the Southern African Regional Policy Conference on "Effective Policy Interventions for Strengthening Electoral Integrity: Lessons Learnt...

05-08-2015 in News

ACCORD’s executive director presents to the AU Peace and Security Council on early warning systems

"The capacities for early warning and responses are on the continent; it is the political will that we must improve in order to prevent future conflicts." This closing message from Mr Vasu Gounden's presentation to the African Union (AU) Peace...

03-08-2015 in News

President Masire turns 90!

The Trustees and Staff of ACCORD extends its best wishes to H.E. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, the former President of Botswana, on the celebration of his 90th Birthday. African Patriot, Statesman and Peace Maker!

23-07-2015 in General

ACCORD and Mandela Day 2015

Each year on Mandela Day ACCORD practically supports the work of an NGO or community, boosting their efforts to make an impact. For the 2015 Mandela Day, ACCORD supported the Gandhi Development Trust in the rehabilitation of the Phoenix Settlement...

21-07-2015 in General