On 20 August 2007 ACCORD Staff went on a team building exercise to see the movie Chak de India. The movie was sponsored by the Avalon Group (Nu Metro CineCentre at SunCoast).
On 16 August 2007, ACCORD’s Intervention Department held a one-day seminar on the theme Western Sahara: Negotiations and Perspectives towards Resolution of the Saharawi Question. The seminar was co-hosted with the South African Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the seminar was to reflect on the current situation towards the resolution of the Western Sahara conflict.
ACCORD’s Resource Centre Assistant, Mrs. Wendy Coleman, will be participating in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) seminar, organised by the Africa Section of IFLA.
On 4 July Franco de Sena Llobera Serra and Raul Menedez, from an NGO called Aprodel which is based in Spain, visited ACCORD House. Aprodel is a membership organisation of development workers.
On 7 and 8 May the Director of Operations from the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA), Rev. Max Chigwida, visited ACCORD House accompanied by Petronella Mapfiro, the CPIA’s Culture of Peace Programme Officer and Executive Assistant.
The General Manager for Programmes at ACCORD, Ms. Pravina Makan-Lakha, will be attending the UN affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE) Africa Programme Consultative Meeting, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 26-29 March 2007. The meeting will assess the impact and direction of future programme activities now that the initial five-year development phase of the Africa Programme has been completed.
On 15 and 16 August 2007 the Sri Lanka-based Initiative for Political and Conflict Transformation (INPACT) visited ACCORD House. The organisation was represented by Mr. Tyrol Ferdinandas: Managing Trustee and Mr. Indika Perera, the Programme Director at INPACT
On 09 July 2007 Dr Leonard Kapungu, the Executive Director of the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA), based in Zimbabwe, visited ACCORD House where he met with ACCORD’s Deputy Director, Jerome Sachane, ACCORD Senior Advisor, Tor Sellstrom, and ACCORD Senior Researcher Karanja Mbugua.
ACCORD Associate, Nicholas (Fink) Haysom was appointed Director of Political Affairs for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 17 May 2007. ACCORD has worked with Fink over many years, including having him serve as an advisor to our Constitutionalism Programme, and more recently in March 2006 when a delegation of senior Iraqi Parliamentarians visited ACCORD House as part of a study tour of South Africa.
On Sunday, 6 May the 3rd Annual Mahatma Gandhi Salt March was held in Durban. The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, who is a trustee of the Gandhi Development Trust, was invited to be the co-director of programmes for the event. The 22km march began at the Phoenix Settlement in Inanda and ended at Battery Beach in Durban, where Gandhi’s ashes were immersed into the sea.
Ms Pravina Makan-Lakha, ACCORD’s Programmes’ Co-ordinator, attended a workshop on ‘The Role of Leading Edge NGO’s in the Next Decade’ which took place in Kenya from 26-27 October. The workshop was hosted by the TROCAIRE East Africa Regional Office in collaboration with ABANTU for Development, and aimed to reflect on the roles played by NGOs from a historical perspective, with a focus into the future.