Strategic Planning Session for Office for Strategic Studies and Development in Bujumbura

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ACCORD conducted a Strategy Planning Session from 17-23 July 2009 in Bujumbura, Burundi for nine staff members of the Office for Strategic Studies and Development, also known as the Bureau d’Etudes Stratégiques et de Développement (BESD). BESD is located within the Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Burundi and was established as a structure to advise the Government of Burundi on strategies to manage ongoing crisis and to maintain coherence in policy making and implementation.

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between ACCORD and the Presidency of the Republic of Burundi, ACCORD’s role is to strengthen the capacity of BESD by providing oversight, training, and facilitation of strategy development for the staff of BESD. The Strategy Planning Session was a follow up activity to one held in Durban, South Africa in June 2009 for BESD staff members. The Session was chaired by Dr. Alioune Sall of the African Futures Institute and focused on skills for strategic planning.

For more information, please contact Mr. Adelin Hatungimana, Senior Programme Officer at the ACCORD Bujumbura office, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel. +257 22 248 914.

ACCORD hosts Aung San Suu Kyi delegation

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On 20 July 2009 ACCORD hosted a delegation representing Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma, one of the world’s most renowned advocates of non-violence. In 1991 the Nobel Peace Committee decided to award Aung San Suu Kyi the noble prize for her valiant non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.

AU endorsement of Staffing Training & Rostering (STR) workshop report

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A significant outcome of the policy development work of TfP/ACCORD was the adoption of the recommendations in a report of the African Union (AU) African Standby Force (ASF) Civilian Dimension Staffing, Training Rostering and Recruitment (STR) Workshop in the May 2009 meetings of the African Ministers of Defence and Security (AMDS) and the African Chiefs of Defence and Security (ACDS).

Gounden attends ICCO advisory board meeting

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The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited to attend the International Advisory Board Meeting for the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), which was held in Scheveningen, The Netherlands from the 21st to the 24th of June 2009. Mr. Gounden was appointed to the ICCO board in late 2008 after attending their regional meeting that was held in Madagascar and which aimed to investigate how to implement their new innovation process in the Southern Africa region.

ACCORD executive in New York & Washington

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The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, accompanied by Hayden Allen (General Manager: Corporate Affairs, ACCORD) and Sunitha Singh (General Manager: Finance and Administration, ACCORD) traveled to New York and Washington between the 8th and 14th of July 2009. While in New York Mr. Gounden had a series of meetings with various United Nations (UN) departments as ACCORD works closely with many UN agencies such as the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO) on ACCORD’s Peacekeeping programme and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on land mediation in Burundi.

ACCORD at 7th Oslo Forum

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The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited to be a resource person at the Oslo Forum, which is co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. The retreat was held from the 16th to the 18th of June 2009 in Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Forum invites senior mediators and peace process actors to reflect critically on current mediation practices and to explore innovative approaches to address the changing environment in which mediators are operating.