Peace infrastructures are gaining terrain as a means to bring about structural transformation and coordination for all actors invested in building sustainable peace. In this regard, ACCORD Training Unit intern Maya Doyon-Hanson delivered a presentation during an Internal Staff Seminar on 20 June 2013 at ACCORD's offices in Durban.
From 6-7 June 2013, ACCORD Peacebuilding Unit hosted 18 participants from around Africa at the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook Review Workshop. The workshop brought together practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the field of peacebuilding, representative of government, civil society, academia and international agencies and partners. This workshop aimed to create a platform through which participants, trainers and trainees could share their ideas and comments on the Handbook, offering suggestions on how it can be improved and best used in peacebuilding processes.
Mediating peace in Africa: Enhancing the role of southern African women in mediation
A high level seminar for practitioners, academics, policymakers, women politicians and leaders from southern African countries was convened by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the United Nations Entity on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands in 2012. Held on 21 and 22 November in Pretoria, South Africa, the Southern Africa Women Mediators Seminar (SAWMS) was convened under the theme 'Mediating peace in Africa: Enhancing the role of southern African women in Mediation'. Delegates from Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in the seminar.
ACCORD has recently published the first edition of the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook. This Handbook aims to serve as a training tool and a self-study field guide for peacebuilding practitioners, and is designed to prove useful to a wide range of actors, including representatives of NGOs, government agencies, development partners, and intergovernmental organisations.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in a global conference on Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The conference, organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided a forum for member states, military experts, and humanitarian and civil society organizations to discuss and review practical recommendations that will address various challenges in protecting civilians in armed conflict, and to further promote respect and compliance of IHL, and minimize civilian causality by all parties to a conflict.
ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit recently attended the 2013 Annual Conference for the Alliance for Peacebuilding, titled 'Innovation in Peacebuilding; breaking down silos and engaging civil society.' As the institutional home for leading peacebuilding institutions and professionals around the world, the Alliance for Peacebuilding's Annual Conference provided space for highly innovative creativity and collaboration with regards to concepts, strategies and programs informing local initiatives for peace.
In supporting efforts towards the promotion for better understanding of security sector reform initiatives, ACCORD participated in the Association for Security Sector Reform Education and Training (ASSET) Annual General Meeting from 29-31 May 2013 in Accra, Ghana.
ACCORD has released a report entitled Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict: Towards strengthened partnerships with African member states. The report is based on the a two-day Regional Consultation on "Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict", facilitated by ACCORD, at the OR Tambo Building, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in Pretoria on 19-20 July 2012.
In late May 2013, ACCORD attended and participated in a series of forums and events in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU). A Youth Forum themed 'Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance' (22–24 May 2013), hosted by the AU Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), featured as one of the key events in what is to be an ongoing, year-long series of commemorative activities.
During April, the Peacebuilding Unit of ACCORD attended several meetings in relation to the g7+ and the New Deal for engagement in fragile states, in Washington D.C, United States. The g7+ group of fragile countries was formed with the objective to create a mechanism to monitor, report, and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states, and with the aim to reform and reinvent a new paradigm for international engagement. These meetings served as an opportunity for ACCORD to strengthen its engagement in the peacebuilding field, particularly in line with support that it provides to the g7+ Secretariat.
Under the auspices of the Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme and the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), ACCORD has hosted a South African Civilian Capacities Roundtable with key South African stakeholders in the peacekeeping and peacebuilding fields. Developments in the peacekeeping-peacebuilding nexus have focused attention on civilian roles and expertise in peace operations, and enabled new and appropriate responses to challenges faced in post-conflict societies. This meeting was aimed at improving civilian deployments for South Africa's bilateral assistance to, and multilateral engagements in, post-conflict societies.
- TfP/ACCORD takes part in ISS Seminar on "Future African Peace Operations: From Scenarios to Force Preparations"
- ACCORD trains SADC police officers in mediation
- ACCORD trains South Sudan negotiators in mediation and negotiation
- ACCORD attends African Solidarity Initiative planning
- ACCORD hosts Governor of Khartoum
- ACCORD starts online mentoring for UNMISS Civil Affairs Officers in South Sudan
- TfP AGM and UN Meetings 2013
- ACCORD elected Civilian Chair for 19th IAPTC Annual Conference
- ACCORD helps institutionalisation of the Pan-African Network of the Wise
- TfP/ACCORD consults AU on peace support operations
- TfP attends workshop on understanding and integrating local perceptions in multidimensional UN Peacekeeping Operations
- ACCORD hosts AU Chairperson and Heads of RECs during BRICS Summit
- APSTA colloquium examines peace support operations
- ACCORD contributes to first Malagasy defence dialogue on role of armed forces in state of crisis
- ACCORD interrogates regional cooperation for elimination of LRA
- ACCORD attends Post 2015 Development Agenda conference and g7 Technical Meeting
- ACCORD publishes conference paper on consolidation of peace after post-electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire
- ACCORD hosts BRICS seminar on role of emerging powers in shaping international peace and security agenda
- ACCORD hosts debate on the significance of the APRM to African governance
- ACCORD advisor publishes on understanding peacebuilding as essentially local