Over the past years, a series of international, regional and national peacebuilding related policy processes have been initiated by the international peacebuilding community, and together these initiatives have generated a common space where several layers of actors working with peacebuilding frameworks on an international, national, regional and local scale interact. However, with this has developed an increased complexity within the peacebuilding field, especially in relation with other processes such as development, statebuilding, preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping. ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, recently created a space which brought relevant peacebuilding actors together to discuss issues of complexity, coherence and coordination within the peacebuilding policy community by holding a two-day seminar entitled "Towards a More Coherent Peacebuilding Policy Community".
Entitled Creating an enabling peacebuilding environment: How can external actors contribute to resilience?, the latest Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) published by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) focuses on how external peacebuilding actors can contribute to a country's self-sustainable resilience to tensions, external influences and shocks.
ACCORD's provided support to the development of peacebuilding projects with 18 represented participants from four focus countries- Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and South Sudan- through a 5-day training held in Bujumbura, Burundi from 2-6 September 2013. This was the second training of a three-part training series under the African Peacebuilding Coordination Network's (APCN) aiding participants in the development and utilisation of peacebuilding planning skills which will be used in the development of peacebuilding projects.
From 9-11 July 2013, ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit flagship program - The African Peacebuilding Coordination Program (APCP) funded by the Government of Finland - hosted 36 international participants in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), at the 2013 Peacebuilding Fund Workshop "Programming for Peacebuilding," in Cape Town, South Africa.
As part of its initiatives in the Great Lakes Region, ACCORD together with partnering organisations met to discuss on further planning in the implementation of activities on the Great Lakes Project that is to take place over the course of the next three years.
In supporting efforts towards the promotion for better understanding of security sector reform initiatives, ACCORD participated in the Association for Security Sector Reform Education and Training (ASSET) Annual General Meeting from 29-31 May 2013 in Accra, Ghana.
ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit concluded its third African Peacebuilding Coordination Network (APCN) training in Juba, South Sudan. The training was a follow up to 20 peacebuilding projects that were developed by peacebuilding stakeholders during the first and second trainings that the Unit conducted in Liberia and Burundi. The third training in Juba focused on skills enhancements in the sustainability of projects developed by participants over a period of 5 months.
From 26-27 June 2013, ACCORD's peacebuilding Unit, through its main programmatic engagement the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) attended the Oxfam two day Roundtable in Nairobi, Kenya on Gender, Conflict and Masculinities: Understanding the Impact of War on Men and Gender Relations in South Sudan, Somalia and DRC.
The African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), flagship programme of ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit, recently held the first of three African Peacebuilding Coordination Network (APCN) capacity building trainings in Liberia, from 24-28 June 2013. This training was attended by 20 participants representing government, academia and civil society from Liberia, Burundi, DRC, and South Sudan. The aim of this ongoing capacity building is to contribute towards the development of skills in strategic peacebuilding and towards locally owned peacebuilding processes within participating countries.
From 6-7 June 2013, ACCORD Peacebuilding Unit hosted 18 participants from around Africa at the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook Review Workshop. The workshop brought together practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the field of peacebuilding, representative of government, civil society, academia and international agencies and partners. This workshop aimed to create a platform through which participants, trainers and trainees could share their ideas and comments on the Handbook, offering suggestions on how it can be improved and best used in peacebuilding processes.
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.
- ACCORD publishes first edition of ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook
- ACCORD supports the strengthening of fragile countries
- Alliance for Peacebuilding annual conference targets creative innovation in local initiatives
- ACCORD attends African Solidarity Initiative planning
- ACCORD attends Post 2015 Development Agenda conference and g7 Technical Meeting
- ACCORD hosts BRICS seminar on role of emerging powers in shaping international peace and security agenda
- ACCORD advisor publishes on understanding peacebuilding as essentially local
- ACCORD supports implementation of New Deal in DRC
- Delegates at GPPAC Southern Africa network meeting agree on regional conflict prevention priority areas
- ACCORD engages with stakeholders for sustainable peacebuilding in the DRC
- ACCORD facilitates Africa Regional Consultation on “Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict”
- ACCORD builds local Liberian peacebuilding expertise on justice and security
- ACCORD hosts GPPAC Southern Africa Regional Steering Committee workshop in Durban
- ACCORD to hold Joint Peacebuilding Training and Study Tour to South Africa
- ACCORD trains DRC peace building actors
- ACCORD hosts Peacebuilding Workshop in Sierra Leone
- ACCORD advisor examines whether peacebuilders can work together
- Developing strategy for security sector reform
- ACCORD meets with Sierra Leone Government
- ACCORD praised for contribution to Review of UN Peacebuilding Architecture