'Vusa izizwe namhlanje!' (Wake up the nations today!) was the motto of the World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit in Africa at which the ACCORD was represented by Prof Jannie Malan, Senior Researcher and Managing Editor of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. A diverse audience of about 500, including representatives of youth and women's organisations and networks, was inspired by two days of enthusiastic presentations and striking videos in the Z.K. Matthews Great Hall at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) have been developing a civilian standby roster since its conceptualisation in 2010. To date, significant progress has been made to improve the roster in order for the RECs and RMs to initiate the population of the roster to allow full operational capability. To achieve this, the AUC, the RECs and RMs in close collaboration with the German Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) are further working on key priority areas regarding the development of the roster.
The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) have participated in the TfP Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Oslo, Norway. The AGM's purpose was to highlight the TfP Programme's main achievements and developments in 2014, and present its work plans for implementation in 2015. The AGM also provided a platform for partners to discuss and fine-tune the TfP joint initiatives for 2015.
On 24th March 2014 ACCORD hosted the launch of Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu's biography, entitled "A Life of Purpose". The book follows Professor Nkuhlu's memorable path from student activist, to Robben Island prisoner at 19, to becoming South Africa's first black chartered accountant and founder of the country's first black African chartered accountant firm. It goes on to detail and contextualise his further journey as influential academic, Chairperson of the NEPAD Steering Committee and Economic Advisor to former President Mbeki.
From the 23th to the 25th of February 2015, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was represented at a conference hosted by Wilton Park in the United Kingdom, organized under the theme of 'Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking'. This was a meeting aimed at assessing the current threat landscape in Africa and challenges to build stable peace, to analyse the dynamics of peacebuilding and Africa – Global engagements since the end of Cold War and its implications; and to explore and discuss current and emerging thinking and analysis on peacebuilding in Africa from African perspectives.
On 26 February 2015, two days before the general elections that took place in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted an internal staff seminar where Thulisa Ndlela, Programme Officer in the Operations Division, presented and led the discussion. The content of the presentation came out of a scoping study undertaken by ACCORD in early February in Lesotho's capital, Maseru. Senzo Ngubane, General Manager of the Operations Division, moderated the discussion.
ACCORD has hosted H.E. Ambassador Tewolde Gebremeskel, the Director of Peace and Security at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). H.E. Ambassador Gebremeskel represented IGAD's Executive Secretary, H.E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim. The visit enabled discussions between the regional body (IGAD is made up of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and ACCORD on areas of possible collaboration and support, and culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) has published a Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) on the upcoming election in Nigeria. Co-authored by J. Shola Omotola, a Senior Lecturer in political science and public administration at Redeemer's University, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Charles Nyuykonge, a Senior Researcher in the Knowledge Production Department at ACCORD, the PPB is entitled 'Nigeria's 2015 general election: Challenges and opportunities'.
On 14 February 2015 ACCORD Trustee H.E. Ambassador Billy Modise, was one of the recipients of the Ubuntu Lifetime Achiever Award, presented at the inaugural Ubuntu Awards ceremony hosted by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in an Expert workshop on Impact of Peacekeeping Training on Peace and Security in West Africa. The workshop forms part of a research on peacekeeping training which was carried out in 2014 in eight West African countries.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon established a 17 member High-Level Independent Panel in October 2014 to undertake an assessment of the state of UN peace operations, and the emerging operational needs of the future" 'Understanding the relationship between the United Nations and Regional Organizations'. As part of the ongoing assessment, the Panel intends to engage widely with Regional Organisations, Member States, Academics, Think Tanks and Civil Society globally. In February 2015, the Panel's focus was in Africa after completing the consultations with key relevant actors in Asia. To this end, the UN, with the support of partners including the Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme, the British Government, working closely with the Panel Secretariat and the United Nations office to the Organisation of the African Union (UNOAU), hosted an African Regional Consultation Seminar.
- ACCORD discuss gender normative frameworks and nuanced challenges to gender parity and empowerment in Africa ahead of International Women's Day
- ACCORD hosts senior official from SA Department of International Relations & Cooperation
- ACCORD/TfP co-hosts experts’ roundtable on developing a Conduct and Discipline Framework for the AU PSOs
- ACCORD's Executive Director participates in World Bank forum on fragility, conflict and violence
- Advancing an African peacebuilding agenda
- Report on the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference published by ACCORD
- ACCORD publishes edited volume on conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD participate in United Nations Protection of Civilians Course
- ACCORD hosts dialogue on peacebuilding in South Sudan
- ACCORD ranked among top Think Tanks in the World in 2015
- Somali Diaspora conference opens in Kigali
- TfP/ACCORD co-organises seminar on the future of African peace operations
- TfP/ACCORD co-organizes roundtable with RECs and RMs on civilian rostering processes
- TfP ACCORD seminar on the future of African peace operations from 2015-2025
- ACCORD represented at seminar on regional perspectives on peacebuilding in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD co-organizes roundtable with Regional Economic Communities & Regional Mechanisms on Civilian Rostering Processes
- 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Advisory Board of the TfP in Africa Programme
- ACCORD cohost seminar to celebrate life of Salim A Salim with ISS
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 2014 IPSTC annual research symposium
- ACCORD Executive Director addresses AU Commission’s third high level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa