ACCORD has released a report entitled Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict: Towards strengthened partnerships with African member states. The report is based on the a two-day Regional Consultation on "Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict", facilitated by ACCORD, at the OR Tambo Building, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in Pretoria on 19-20 July 2012.
The Consultation was hosted by the government of South Africa, in collaboration with the African Union and United Nations. It brought together a diverse range of relevant actors aiming at enhancing the use and deployment of civilians in post-conflict settings, through promoting ideas of local ownership and strengthened partnerships by local, regional and international responses which feature greater expertise and nimbleness.
The report presents an overview of different aspects of the discussion, aiming at strengthening the understanding of current practices, experiences, and opportunities for increased efficacy and efficiency of deployment and strengthening of civilian expertise in post-conflict contexts. The report focuses on different global, continental, regional and bilateral mechanisms that can be found in Africa and how they can bring lessons for a broader context of discussions on civilian capacities.
The report is part of ACCORD's broader engagement on civilian capacities in the aftermath of conflict, which makes ACCORD is one of the leading institutions in the world working on civilian capacities. The work is conducted in partnership between ACCORD's Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Units, via their respective Training for Peace Programme (TfP) and African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP).