Violent conflicts and insecurity remain one of the major drivers of forced migration in Africa. Across the continent, from Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan to Sudan, violent conflicts and insecurity have resulted in forced migration, both within and across borders, with dire consequences for effected populations. The causes and consequences of forced migration are multifaceted and have political; peace and security; economic; social; and environmental dimensions with implications for sustainable development in Africa.
The African Union (AU)'s Agenda 2063, initiated in January 2014, is a vision and clarion call for the continental organisation fifty years after its inception. Rededicating itself to its long-cherished Pan African aspirations, the AU commits itself to forging "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena" by 2063.
ACCORD was honoured to collaborate with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on a Public Lecture, hosted by HE Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. The theme of the event was "Strengthening the African Agenda through AU, BRICS and FOCAC".
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 2014 Madame Graca Machel accepted the Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Reconciliation Award on behalf of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in recognition of its 22 years of work in promoting peace and the constructive resolution of disputes globally. The 2015 recipient is Judge Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. ACCORD warmly congratulates Judge Pillay on her award.
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.
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.
- Establishment of Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal
- ACCORD at second African Think Tank summit
- ACCORD discuss MoU with IGAD in support of peace and security in the region
- ACCORD hosts senior official from SA Department of International Relations & Cooperation
- 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