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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
At the invitation of the African Union Commission's (AUC) Department for Political Affairs, ACCORD has participated in the Third Annual High Level Dialogue on 'Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa: Trends, Challenges, Prospects and Opportunities' convened on 30 and 31 October 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme 'Silencing the guns: Strengthening governance to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in Africa'. The retreat was held with the understanding that development failure and governance deficits lie at the heart of Africa's violent conflicts. It followed similar consultations focusing on youth and gender which aimed to gauge, together with the relevant constituencies, what needs to be done to silence the guns on the continent by 2020.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD makes connections between the vicious cycles of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North and South Kivu provinces (the Kivus) and the intractable conflicts in the DRC. Written by Joyce Muraya and ACCORD's John Ahere, Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold places the Kivus at the epicentre of the crisis in the DRC and persisting insecurity in the Great Lakes region as a whole.
- ACCORD participates in dialogue on role of parliamentarians in managing migration for development
- ACCORD’s Jannie Malan participates in inter-religious dialogue on the way to peace
- ACCORD publishes brief on Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda ahead of UN General Assembly meetings
- ACCORD co-hosts 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution
- ACCORD takes part in workshop on regional and national statistical capacities for measuring peace, rule of law and governance
- ACCORD’s Vasu Gounden presents Perspectives of African Non-state Actors during 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa
- ACCORD launches special issue of African Journal on Conflict Resolution in honour of HW van der Merwe
- Southern Africa non-state actors reflect on the work of the African Union Peace and Security Council ahead of its 10th anniversary
- African Journal on Conflict Resolution Special Issue Launch
- ACCORD seminar focuses on alternate dispute resolution in run up to 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
- ACCORD participates in GPPAC International Steering Group meeting
- ACCORD publishes paper examining successes and challenge of South Africa's mediation efforts in Zimbabwe
- ACCORD Brief discusses how South Sudan can achieve reconciliation without regret
- ACCORD takes part in international conference on the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
- ACCORD takes part in Africa Portal content partners' meeting
- Internal seminar examines challenges and prospects for state formation in post-secession Eritrea and South Sudan
- Internal seminar examines large-scale agricultural land deals in Africa through focus on Ethiopia
- ACCORD internal seminar examines anthropology of violence in Great Lakes region
- ACCORD publishes Policy and Practice Brief for AU's Agenda 2063: From OAU to AU
- ACCORD and CAPCR to co-host 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in Johannesburg in July 2014