The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), operating under the auspices of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The APRM has consistently charted the progress, challenges and opportunities African countries face in promoting democratic consolidation, good governance and socio-economic development. In its tenth year, it is self-reflecting on the milestones it has achieved, the challenges inherent, and the opportunities ahead.
International attention is mounting as Kenya and Zimbabwe approach their first general elections following the signing of peace agreements and subsequent implementation of transitional governance for roughly five years. Both countries became theatres of post-election violence in 2008. In the wake of the upcoming polls, ACCORD has published a Policy & Practice Brief examining the current state of affairs in the two countries, particularly the conditions under which the 2013 elections will be held, and generating recommendations towards enhancing the credibility and outcomes of these polls.
On 1 February 2013 Dr Dieter Lünse, Head of the Institute of Conflict Management and Mediation based in Hamburg, Germany, was the guest presenter at an Internal Staff Seminar held at ACCORD House in Durban. Dr Lünse's presentation focused on discussing the effectiveness of non-violent action and civic courage in bringing about social change and resolving conflict.
ACCORD has been recognized, for the third year running, in the recently released annual "Global Go To Think Tanks" Report released by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. The ranking puts ACCORD 4th out of Think Tanks in Sub-Sahara Africa, 37th worldwide (Non U S) and 61st worldwide (US included).
In collaboration with ACCORD's Burundi office, the organisation's Peacebuilding Unit organized a 3-day peacebuilding workshop for Burundi Intervention office staff, to enhance the staff's skills and understanding of peacebuilding challenges in Burundi. The workshop also looked at identifying possible engagements to enhance sustainable peacebuilding in Burundi.
On 05-07 December 2012 the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited by the Centre for Global Pluralism to be their keynote speaker at their second Pluralism Forum held on 06 December 2012. The Forum is a new series of moderated dialogues with leading international authorities on the various policies and practices that broadly support pluralism.
ACCORD has published a Policy & Practice Brief titled The troubled road to peace: Reflections on the complexities of resolving the political impasse in Madagascar which examines and discusses the key factors inhibiting the island nation's efforts to resolve the political impasse which has affected peace and development since 2009, and move towards peaceful elections.
The paper 'Justice and peacebuilding in post-conflict situations: An argument for including gender analysis in a new post-conflict model' examines different forms of justice employed in post-conflict situations, focussing specifically on Sierra Leone. Author Lesley Connolly outlines here how many of these approaches ultimately fail to address the concerns of some survivors, especially women.
ACCORD partnered with the Africa Union (AU) on Saturday, 19 January 2013, by sponsoring twenty two children (both boys and girls) from Alexandra in Gauteng, South Africa, to participate in the Peace Torch Ceremony during the opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nations. The children were selected from the Alexandra Football Association, which runs football and other activities for young children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and impoverished homes.
ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit has conducted a 4-day workshop on the implementation of the New Deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The New Deal is a new approach in which the international community engages with fragile states to enhance sustainable peacebuilding and statebuilding. The DRC pilots the implementation of the New Deal and the workshop's objectives were to enhance participants understanding of the process, its policies and implementations and also to enhance participants' skills sets on monitoring and evaluation in the implementation of the New Deal.
In line with its mandate to support the efforts of the African Union to promote peace and stability in Africa, ACCORD participated in the Third AU High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators, which took place in Cairo from 5-6 November 2012, centering on the theme: Transforming the African Peace and Security Context in the Next Decade: Appraisal and Opportunities.
- ACCORD convenes seminar to promote role of Southern African Women in conflict prevention and resolution
- ACCORD conducts investigative mission to Khartoum
- ACCORD participates in global consultation on post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda
- TfP/ACCORD Supports key regional training centres of excellence on protection of civilians training
- South Sudan signs MoU with ACCORD for peacebuilding
- ACCORD Trustee Professor Jakes Gerwel passes away
- ACCORD participates in pilot programme on managing regional and global governance
- ACCORD participates in bi-annual Mediation Support Network meeting on Regional Intergovernmental Organisations
- ACCORD Trustee appointed as trustee of International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation
- ACCORD hosts staff seminar on changing perspectives of India's engagements in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD delivers mission-specific training for UNMISS Civil Affairs Officers
- ACCORD internal seminar interrogates influence of crude oil on foreign policy and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Delegates at GPPAC Southern Africa network meeting agree on regional conflict prevention priority areas
- ACCORD engages with stakeholders for sustainable peacebuilding in the DRC
- ACCORD Supports AMISOM’s security and contingency plans for civilian and police personnel
- ACCORD facilitates Africa Regional Consultation on “Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict”
- ACCORD Burundi hosts roundtable on peacebuilding in Burundi and the Great Lakes
- ACCORD analyses peacebuilding architecture in Burundi and region
- ACCORD contributes to mobilisation of civilian capacity for peace operations in the global south
- ACCORD facilitates ongoing international training programme to develop African peace and security architecture