COMESA and ACCORD sign MoU

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The Common Market for East and Central Africa (COMESA) and the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen collaboration in the area of peace and security. The MoU, was signed on the margins of the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa by Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General of COMESA and Mr. Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD. The signing of the MoU has come at a time that COMESA Programme on Peace and Security commences implementation of its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. It has also come at a time that both organisations strive to support the target that was set by the 21st Ordinary Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union to silence the guns on the continent by 2020, as captured in Vision 2020.

ACCORD at second African Think Tank summit

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A delegation from ACCORD have attended the 2nd African Think Tank Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6 – 8 April. The event was attended by over 60 think tanks, with participants from 30 countries. The first Summit was held in Pretoria, South Africa in February 2014, and was organised by the African Capacity Building Foundation, African Leadership Center, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Konrad-Andenauer-Stiftung and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Somali Diaspora conference opens in Kigali

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The second Somali Diaspora community conference opened in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda yesterday. The conference was jointly organized by AMISOM in conjunction with the African Centre for the constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the federal government of Somalia. The conference named "Diaspora Policy Consultation" focused on the affairs of Diaspora community, their role in the development and reconstruction and the Somalia government's Diaspora policy which aims to attract them back to work, live and invest in Somalia.The purpose of the meting, according to the organisers, was to explore ways in which the Diaspora can be mobilised and harnessed for the purpose of national reconciliation and development. Kigali was specifically chosen as a venue because of Rwanda's civil war and the enormous role its own Diaspora played and continues to play in rebuilding it.

ACCORD and AU convene high-level seminar on mediation practice in Africa

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On 04 May 2015, ACCORD and the African Union (AU) convened a high-level seminar, Strengthening Mediation in Africa, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bringing together over 50 participants from a diverse collection of national governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society organisations, the one-day seminar strived to illuminate and consolidate critical reflections on the current state of mediation practice throughout the continent.

Establishment of Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal

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In response to the events of the past few weeks the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial government has urgently established an independent Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal. The focus of the Reference Group is to investigate the immediate and underlying causes of the attacks and advise the Premier. It will conduct consultations with organised and representative organisations, affected communities and persons.

ACCORD discuss MoU with IGAD in support of peace and security in the region

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ACCORD has hosted H.E. Ambassador Tewolde Gebremeskel, the Director of Peace and Security at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). H.E. Ambassador Gebremeskel represented IGAD's Executive Secretary, H.E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim. The visit enabled discussions between the regional body (IGAD is made up of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and ACCORD on areas of possible collaboration and support, and culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.

ACCORD cohost seminar to celebrate life of Salim A Salim with ISS

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Good leadership is essential in the quest for durable peace. Through decades of service, Salim Ahmed Salim, former prime minister of Tanzania, former secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), peace negotiator and former member of the African Union's Panel of the Wise, exemplifies the best in ethical and visionary African leadership.