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ACCORD/TfP attends the 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC

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As the current civilian chair of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) Executive Committee, the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD participated in the 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC. The Conference was organised by the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Centre, with the support of Brazil's Ministry of Defence and the Brazilian Army and hosted by the Centro Conjunto de Operações de Paz do Brasil (CCOPAB) from 28 September – 1 October 2015, in Brasilia, Brazil. The theme for the Conference was "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Training through Partnerships, Integration and Evaluation". The Conference provided a platform for ACCORD/TfP to promote key issues on African peace operations and to broaden the understanding of the civilian dimension of peace operations within the international peacekeeping training community.

ACCORD builds capacity to increase trainers in conflict sensitivity in South Sudan

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Building the pool of experts on conflict sensitivity in South Sudan will go a long way towards consolidating capacities for designing conflict-sensitive peacebuilding programmes for the country. In order to achieve this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for 22 personnel from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance in Juba, South Sudan from 6-8 October 2015. The main aim of the training was to consolidate the practitioners' capacity in designing and conducting trainings on conflict sensitivity for their own staff and other relevant target audiences or constituents, thereby increasing the number of practitioners that are competent in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity into their organisational policies and practice.

ACCORD/TFP attends the 13th African PPeace Support Trainers' Association annual general meeting and conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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The African Peace Support Trainers' Association (APSTA) is a networking forum for the African peacekeeping training community, providing the African Union (AU) with multidimensional expertise on civilian, military and police dimensions from its pool of member institutions. The broad aim of the Association is to facilitate the development of African capacity for peace and security through coordination, advocacy, harmonisation and standardisation of training. As a member institution of APSTA, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (ACCORD/TfP) participated in the 13th Annual General Meeting and conference themed " Beyond 2015: Enhancing Sustainable African Peace Support Operations (PSO) Capacities Through Effective Training, Research and Partnerships".

THE ACCORD GREAT LAKES PROJECT CONSOLIDATES ITS EFFORTS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY IN FOLLOWING UP ON THE USE OF APPLIED SKILLS BY WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS AS A RESULT OF CAPACITY BUILDING TRAININGS AND CONSULTATIONS

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In 2013 and 2014, the ACCORD Great LakesProject (GLP) has held different trainings and consultations in collaboration with the International Conference on The Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) secretariat. The purpose of trainings was to build capacities of women in peacebuilding skills. The consultations were intended to seek for avenues where GLP can collaborate with ICGLR in order to assist the institution in achieving its objectives as per the Memorandum of Understanding between ICGLR and ACCORD that was signed in 2011. Mainly the consultations seeked at having a Gender Unit with the Secretariat and this was made effective since 2014.

ACCORD/TfP attends workshop to finalise draft guideline on the role of the African Standby Force in Humanitarian and Natural Disaster Support

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Humanitarian situations and responses in Africa have remained complex and challenging and have resulted in a large number of internally displace persons (IDPs) and refugees. In an attempt to address these challenge, the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Policy Framework was drafted to enhance, coordinate and consolidate existing mechanisms. This policy was designed to support the efforts to ensure Full Operational Capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) and its Rapid Deployment Capacity (RDC).

ACCORD/TfP strengthens the UN Secretary-General’s initiative for attracting and retaining senior female leaders in peacekeeping operations

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There is a long standing moral imperative that the United Nations (UN), as an advocate and leader in efforts to improve the status of the world's women, must first set the example by addressing the status of women within its own operations. The UN seeks to bridge the gender gap in Peace Operations through initiatives like the UN Senior Women Talent Pipeline Project (SWTP) established by the UN Secretary-General. The initiative, which ACCORD supports as part of engagement in implementing UN Security Council 1325, ensures a more systemic and consolidated approach to targeted candidates through outreach programmes. By so doing the UN aims at building a talent pipeline of qualified women who are willing to be mobile and ready to serve in difficult missions. The Initiative reflects the UN's commitment to devoting more resources to a clear talent management strategy in peacekeeping.

ACCORD's Executive Director participates in AWEPA Seminar at Belgian Parliament on violence and extremism

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On 08-09 October 2015 ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, Mr Vasu Gounden, addressed a High Level Seminar on "Peace, Security and Sustainable Development: The Role of African and European Parliaments in Tackling the Root causes and Consequences of Violent Extremism and Terrorism". The Seminar was hosted by the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA), and held at the Belgian Senate in Brussels.

ACCORD's Executive Director participates in German Federal Foreign Office’s Mediation Expert Meeting

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On 05 October 2015 ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, Mr Vasu Gounden, participated in the German Federal Foreign Office's Mediation Expert Meeting 2015, which was held in Berlin, Germany. The meeting focused on "Identifying Mediation Entry Points", and looked at political and methodological entry points, with a focus on Sudan as a case study of how conflict analysis could be applied to identify potential for mediation.

Improving the effectiveness of peacebuilding in South Sudan: Promoting conflict-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and development programming

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In implementing humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities, development agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are often likely faced with challenges of understanding the context in which they are operating, and how interventions should interact with the context to maximise positive impacts on the conflict environment. Recognising this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) trained personnel from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partner organisations working in South Sudan on 'Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding'. The main objective of the training was to build the knowledge and skills of the participants in terms of mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in their projects/programmes and institutional policies and practice, thereby contributing to the overall effectiveness of their organisation's efforts in South Sudan. Conflict sensitivity requires that programme interventions should be based on an understanding of a context in order to avoid unintentionally creating further division and to maximize the potential contributions so as to strengthen social cohesion.

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