The Training for Peace Programme (TfP) at ACCORD, hosted a two day workshop in August to review and adopt the draft Security and Contingency Plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The draft manual serves as a framework of procedures for managing security threats to the mission and its personnel, particularly the civilian staff and unarmed police.
A two-day Regional Consultation on "Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict" was recently facilitated by ACCORD at the OR Tambo Building, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in Pretoria on 19-20 July. Hosted by the government of South Africa, in collaboration with the African Union and United Nations, the consultation was a resounding success. It brought together a diverse range of relevant actors aiming at enhancing the use and deployment of civilians in post-conflict settings, through promoting ideas of local ownership and strengthened partnerships by local, regional and international responses which feature greater expertise and nimbleness.
With the aim to reflect upon and identify appropriate responses to peacebuilding issues in Burundi and the Great Lakes region, ACCORD organised a 4-day workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi. The peacebuilding workshop, organised by the Burundi Intervention Office and in collaboration with the Peacebuilding Unit, was held from 10-13 July in Bujumbura, Burundi. The workshop brought together stakeholders representing government, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, as well as representatives from youth groups, media, international and regional organisations, experts in Peacebuilding, transitional justice and elections and academia.
ACCORD's Training Unit Coordinator, Pascal da Rocha, has facilitated a three week lecture and mentoring programme on issues relating to peace and security in Africa, in Uppsala, Sweden, as the second phase of an 18-month, 5-phase international training programme to improve the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). It is facilitated by ACCORD, in partnership with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR) at Uppsala University, and Indevelop, a Stockholm based consultancy.
From 5-7 June 2012, Dr.Martha Mutisi represented ACCORD at the International Learning Exchange on Gender and Conflict Analysis in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The Learning Exchange facilitated ACCORD's ongoing contribution to global conversations on gender and conflict transformation, and confirmed the institution's concerted efforts towards promoting the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
ACCORD Senior Trainer Pascal da Rocha has run an experiential and interactive training on methods and tools of conflict resolution for tackling environmental issues of climate change, and river basin management in particular. Based on ACCORD's work on climate change, this training cements ACCORD's expertise in providing tailored and customised training solutions, but also furthens ACCORD impact as a center of excellence in the critical areas of climate change and security.
On 18 June 2012, ACCORD's Burundi Office hosted a roundtable discussion, focused on key peacebuilding issues for Burundi and the Great Lakes region. The discussion facilitated ACCORD's ongoing contribution towards building a sustainable peace in Burundi.
In June 2012, the Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) established a Civilian Capacity Network of civil society organizations, which then facilitated a consultation on Civilian Capacity Matching (CapMatch) in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Civilian Capacity (CivCap) Team. The consultation focused on the UN CivCap Team's proposal on establishing a self-service online platform called Capacity Matching (CapMatch), which aims to better match the demand and supply of specialized civilian capacities for deployment in peacekeeping operations within countries emerging from conflict.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD), in conjunction with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), has facilitated an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) workshop on Mainstreaming Protection of Civilian (PoC) Considerations into its Operations. PoC measures to protect the safety of civilians during times of war are currently the main benchmarks used by both the entity that mandates a mission, as well as the international community and host communities to evaluate most peacekeeping operations.
ACCORD, through its Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme, has addressed participants at the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) on the important role of civilians in peace support operations.
The need for including women in peace processes is widely acknowledged, yet, most mediation processes have nonetheless not offered enough scope to encourage the voices and representation of women. In response to this challenge, ACCORD, under its Peacemaking Unit's African Union (AU) Mediation Support Capacity Project and in collaboration with the AU Peace and Security Department, convened an African Women Mediators Seminar in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2 - 3 May 2012.
- ACCORD participates in International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations
- ACCORD presents USAID with citation of appreciation for support over 20 years
- ACCORD Trustee and EXCOM Meetings
- ACCORD supports South Africa’s Defence Review Committee with public engagement on defence and security issues
- ACCORD participates in SADC key stakeholders’ roundtable on gender and development
- ACCORD 's Mutisi presents at prestigious ISA conference on global information age
- ACCORD builds local Liberian peacebuilding expertise on justice and security
- ACCORD launches UN Civil Affairs Handbook in collaboration with UN DPKO
- Dr Alejandro Bendana examines road to peace in Somalia at ACCORD seminar
- ACCORD builds localised women’s mediation capacity in South Africa
- ACCORD conducts peace building forum on addressing Insecurity in South Sudan
- ACCORD internal staff seminar looks at justice, reconciliation and reconstruction in post-apartheid South Africa
- ACCORD Trustee awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Bernadro O'Higgins
- ACCORD hosts 4th phase of International Training Programme on Peace and Security
- ACCORD meets AU and UNOA officials to strengthen partnerships around the continental security architecture
- Ndinga-Muvumba at Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation 50th Anniversary Roundtable
- ACCORD working to enhance civilian capacities in the aftermath of conflicts
- Ndinga-Muvumba presents at US State Department conference on the AU
- ACCORD implements major new long-term international training programme to strengthen peace and security architecture in Africa
- ACCORD TfP Programme supports strengthening of UNMISS Civil Affairs