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ACCORD, UN and IOM release Outcomes Report on Conflict-Induced Migration Expert Group Meeting

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The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union (AU) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to release an Outcomes Report of the High-Level Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the theme, 'Conflict-Induced Migration in Africa: Maximising New Opportunities to Address its Peace, Security and Inclusive Development Dimensions', held in Durban, South Africa, on 23 and 24 November 2015. The EGM also benefitted from inputs from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

ACCORD Publishes Special Edition of African Journal of Conflict Resolution on ‘Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Societies’

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Social cohesion is a key variable in the recovery of countries from violence and/or conflict. Such countries face the often simultaneous challenges of nation-building, reconciliation, social engineering and achieving justice and reconciliation. In this vein, ACCORD was pleased to publish a special edition of the African Journal of Conflict Resolution (AJCR), focusing on the theme 'Social cohesion in post-conflict societies', and with a foreword by guest editors professors Cheryl Potgieter and Paulus Zulu.

Identity in Africa the topic of discussion at ACCORD's Africa Day Internal Staff Seminar

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In commemoration of Africa Day, on Monday 25 May 2015 the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) at its Durban offices. The guest speaker, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, gave a presentation entitled 'I am an African: Identity in Africa – reflections on a pan-African future'. The talk was preceded by the screening of former South African President Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' speech, given on 8 May 1996 in parliament upon the adoption of South Africa's Constitution. Mr Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, shared the panel with Ambassador Nhlapo as a respondent.

ACCORD represented at World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit in Africa

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'Vusa izizwe namhlanje!' (Wake up the nations today!) was the motto of the World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit in Africa at which the ACCORD was represented by Prof Jannie Malan, Senior Researcher and Managing Editor of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. A diverse audience of about 500, including representatives of youth and women's organisations and networks, was inspired by two days of enthusiastic presentations and striking videos in the Z.K. Matthews Great Hall at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

Lesotho elections the topic of discussion at recent ACCORD internal staff seminar

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On 26 February 2015, two days before the general elections that took place in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted an internal staff seminar where Thulisa Ndlela, Programme Officer in the Operations Division, presented and led the discussion. The content of the presentation came out of a scoping study undertaken by ACCORD in early February in Lesotho's capital, Maseru. Senzo Ngubane, General Manager of the Operations Division, moderated the discussion.

ACCORD publishes edited volume on conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation in Africa

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Climate change affects and will affect livelihood resources in Africa, especially among the poor, with potentially negative consequences for peace and security across the continent. It is against this background that the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in cooperation with adelphi, a leading German think tank, has published an edited volume entitled Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa, which is now available to download at no charge from the ACCORD website.

ACCORD undertakes field research in Somalia

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As security threats in Somalia perpetuate, and its government celebrates gains made in recapturing ungovernable territory previously under al-Shabaab, the number of external actors supporting the Federal Government of Somalia is surging. The diversity of these stakeholders − ranging from traditional peacebuilding actors such as the World Bank, United States of America, United Kingdom and African Union; to new partners such as Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan and Turkey − begs for a closer examination of the role and respective approaches being used by these institutions and countries in supporting efforts to rebuild Somalia.

ACCORD Internal Staff Seminar appraises United States foreign policy

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US foreign policy is of great interest to African states, with the US military involved on the continent and US presidential elections on the horizon in 2016. Globally, the current administration of President Barack Obama has utilised both dialogue and unilateral military action as approaches to foreign policy. During an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) on Thursday 24 April 2015, Daniel Forti, a researcher in the Executive Director's Office at ACCORD, gave a presentation on United States (US) foreign policy under President Barack Obama's Administration.

ACCORD publishes policy & practice brief on the eve of Nigeria's highly anticipated election

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The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) has published a Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) on the upcoming election in Nigeria. Co-authored by J. Shola Omotola, a Senior Lecturer in political science and public administration at Redeemer's University, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Charles Nyuykonge, a Senior Researcher in the Knowledge Production Department at ACCORD, the PPB is entitled 'Nigeria's 2015 general election: Challenges and opportunities'.

Report on the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference published by ACCORD

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The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento, have published a report on the proceedings of the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference. The symposium, which was co-hosted by ACCORD and CAPCR, was convened under the theme 'Alternative dispute resolution and peace studies in Africa: Lessons, prospects and challenges', and held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 25 and 26 July 2014.

ACCORD represented at seminar on regional perspectives on peacebuilding in Africa

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Ahead of the comprehensive review of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) scheduled for 2015, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) jointly organised a seminar on 27 and 28 October 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting, convened with the theme 'Regional perspectives on peacebuilding in Africa: An essential framework for effective post-conflict response', aimed to highlight the need for closer interaction between the PBC and peacebuilding actors in Africa, with particular reference to the AU and its mechanisms, as well as to regional economic communities (RECs) and civil society actors.

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