One of ACCORD's strategic pillars is to support government institutions in their responsibilities to promote peace and pursue the constructive resolution of disputes. It is in this light that Mr Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, presented to the South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on 19 August 2015. This briefing marked the second time that Mr Gounden has appeared before the Portfolio Committee in 2015, with his first appearance taking place on 03 June.
The Trustees and Staff of ACCORD extends its best wishes to H.E. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, the former President of Botswana, on the celebration of his 90th Birthday. African Patriot, Statesman and Peace Maker!
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.
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.
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 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.
Each year on Mandela Day ACCORD practically supports the work of an NGO or community, boosting their efforts to make an impact. For the 2015 Mandela Day, ACCORD supported the Gandhi Development Trust in the rehabilitation of the Phoenix Settlement in Inanda.
The 25th African Union Summit is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7 to 15 June 2015, with the Heads of State meeting over 14 and 15 June. The Summit Theme is: "Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063".
On Thursday 7 May 2015, the SADC Mediation Reference Group (MRG) held their constitutive meeting at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, in Gaborone, Botswana. This was the first statutory meeting of the MRG since its members were appointed during the Summit held in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe in August 2014.
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.
On Friday 20 February 2015, ACCORD hosted Ms Maud Dlomo, Deputy Director General (DDG) for Training, Research and Development at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for a visit to ACCORD House in Durban, South Africa.
- ACCORD ranked among top Think Tanks in the World in 2015
- Somali Diaspora conference opens in Kigali
- ACCORD cohost seminar to celebrate life of Salim A Salim with ISS
- ACCORD receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace
- ACCORD Celebrates Nelson Mandela Day by contributing to Abalindi Welfare Society
- African Union high level retreat at ACCORD
- ACCORD participates in youth forum in celebration of 50 years AU/OAU
- ACCORD hosts Governor of Khartoum
- ACCORD helps institutionalisation of the Pan-African Network of the Wise
- ACCORD hosts AU Chairperson and Heads of RECs during BRICS Summit
- ACCORD recognised as 4th top think tank in Sub Sahara Africa
- ACCORD partners with the AU in Peace Torch ceremony at African Cup of Nations
- ACCORD takes part in Third AU High Level Retreat on promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa
- ACCORD conducts investigative mission to Khartoum
- ACCORD hosts staff seminar on changing perspectives of India's engagements in Africa
- ACCORD internal seminar interrogates influence of crude oil on foreign policy and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa
- ACCORD presents USAID with citation of appreciation for support over 20 years
- ACCORD recognised for second year running as 5th most influential Think Tank in Sub-Sahara Africa
- Cedric de Coning appointed to United Nations Peacebuilding Fund’s Advisory Board
- Plight of child soldiers under spotlight