From 15-17 September 2008 the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme at ACCORD hosted a workshop in Durban, South Africa, aimed at reviewing the work of the Programme since June 2007 and commencing with the revision of training material which the Programme will use in its future training activities.
The workshop brought together 19 representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, non-governmental organisations and civil society working in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Sudan; the four countries in which the Peacebuilding Programme at ACCORD works. The workshop served to review the work of the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme to date and its planned work in the future, and to assess the design and nature of the training curriculum for use in its future trainings. The trainings are designed to strengthen and further develop peacebuilding capacity in Africa.
From left to right: Wing Commander Samuel Babalola (Deputy Chief of Civil-Military Coordination: United Nations Mission in Liberia), Lt. Col Atm Hasan Ahmed (Chief of Civil-Military Coordination: United Nations Mission in Sudan) and Mr. Prosper Addo (Senior Political Affairs and Humanitarian Adviser: African Union Liaison Office in Monrovia, Liberia).
From left to right: Dr. Naison Ngoma (Head of the Security Sector Governance Programme: Institute for Security Studies), Ms. Mabusi Kgwete (I-Mediate Development Communications) and Mr. Georges Thionza Mata (Central African Regional Coordinator: PREGESCO)
Over the course of the three days participants provided input into the work of the Programme, reviewed the content of the proposed training material, and reviewed progress made in the peacebuilding processes in Burundi, the DRC, Liberia and Sudan. Participants also shared some of the latest thinking on peacebuilding in Africa, and on the peacebuilding strategies being used in the four countries.