ACCORD’s Elections Programme will host a three day capacity building workshop for electoral stakeholders in Luanda, from 7-9 June 2006. Approximately 35 electoral stakeholders from government, civil society and the media will be sensitized on their roles and responsibilities in preparation for the elections – with special emphasis on the management of election-related conflicts.
The “Peacekeeping - Peacebuilding: Preparing for the Future” conference will take place in Helsinki on 29 May. It is organised by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA - www.upi-fiia.fi) and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (http://www.formin.fi/english/) in the framework of the 50th anniversary of Finnish peacekeeping.
On 19 May 2006, ACCORD is bringing 12 African academics to Durban, South Africa to assist ACCORD to interrogate transitional frameworks in contemporary Africa with a view to enrich its research agenda on conflict analysis. The one-day seminar will focus on appropriate research questions and policy frameworks in selected countries. The countries represented are the Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa,
The African Peace Support Trainers association (APSTA), is launching its new website - http://www.apsta-africa.org - today. The Association was established in Pretoria, South Africa, in October 2002, as the African Chapter of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC).
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), based in South Africa, and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP - http://www.islp.org/), based in the United States, are undertaking a joint project on training in trade negotiations that will be applicable to a variety of bilateral and multilateral agreements, in order to enhance the capacity of southern African states to engage comparatively in international trade negotiation platforms. The first International Trade Negotiation Training workshop for the SADC region will be conducted in Botswana, from 8-12 May 2006, in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry for Trade and Industry.
International Trade Negotiations are an increasingly important arena in which African countries face both opportunities and challenges in their efforts to develop their economies. Practical training programs offered by negotiators with extensive experience in trade negotiations in the international arena and with effective negotiating strategies can significantly strengthen the capacity of trade negotiators. Such practical training programs provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices with trade negotiators from other countries. Exposure to the experiences of other trade negotiators, the honing of negotiation skills, and sharing of differing styles in negotiations can greatly assist African countries in developing new and innovative strategies to improve their bargaining position in ongoing negotiations.
The Trade Negotiation Project at ACCORD therefore proposes to:
- Strengthen the participants’ substantive understanding of existing international trade regimes (both multilateral and bilateral);
- Present case studies of current issues of importance to African states and engage in interactive discussions and role playing to examine how those issues might be addressed in different negotiating contexts;
- Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned from experienced negotiators from other areas of the world; and
- Provide training on negotiation theory and practice based on the many years of experience of the trainers, in order to enhance the negotiation skills of active and potential trade negotiators.
Cedric de Coning, Research Fellow at ACCORD, will facilitate an OCHA (http://ochaonline.un.org) Civil-Military Coordination course for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS - http://www.unmis.org/english/en-main.htm) in Rumbek, Southern Sudan, from 20-22 April 2006.
The African Civil-Military Coordination (ACMC) Programme at ACCORD ran its Southern Africa Regional Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) Course from 2-12 May 2006. ACMC programme partner – Brigadier General Nkonyeni, the commandant of the South African National War College – officially opened this, the second Southern African CIMIC Course on 2 May 2006.
Cedric de Coning, Research Fellow and Advisor to the Peace & Security Unit at ACCORD, made a presentation on the current and future role of private contractors in peacekeeping operations in Africa, at the University of Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 17 May 2006. The presentation formed part of a day-long seminar organised by the Department of Sociology of the University of Stellenbosch for a group of approximately 30 students from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
ACCORD’s TfP Programme, represented by Senior Programme Officer, Karishma Rajoo participated in the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) meeting that was held in Berlin, Germany from 26-28 April 2006. Several organizations involved in the field of peace and security, mainly across Europe, attended a workshop in Brindisi, Italy to discuss the standardization of DDR training
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited by the African Monitor to present a key note address on the topic “Development Challenges in Africa” at their launch conference on 2 May in Cape Town. While looking at the challenges that face the continent, Mr Gounden also looked at the role that various role players have to play in helping to address these challenges.
The Training for Peace (TfP) Senior Programme Officer, Karishma Rajoo, recently participated in the University for Peace (UPEACE) (www.upeace.org) short course in Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (CPMR). The course, held from 3-7 April, was coordinated through the UPEACE Africa Programme (www.africa.upeace.org), and its local partner, the Centre for Human Rights (www.chr.up.ac.za) based at the University of Pretoria.
- Gounden attends Sri Lankan peace seminar
- ACCORD re-launches Occasional Paper Series
- ACCORD at in ‘Peacekeeping, Reconstruction & Stability Operations in Africa’ conference
- ACCORD to host Swedish development conference
- ACCORD trains military observers in Kenya
- Gounden visits Sweden, Iceland & Norway
- ACCORD undertakes consultation meetings in Angola
- ACCORD undertakes pre-course consultation and needs assessment visit to Botswana
- Iraqis in SA to look at justice and reconciliation
- ACCORD conducts training for SANDF troops to be deployed to Cote d’Ivoire
- ACCORD hosts DDR curriculum development workshop
- ACCORD and KAIPTC train CIMIC specialists for peacekeeping missions
- Gounden speaks in Sri Lanka
- Progressive Governance Summit
- Gounden in Jordan and Oman
- AU seminar on the role of civilian components in peace support operations
- ACCORD consultation visit to Somalia
- ECOWAS/KAIPTC/TfP Policy Development Workshop
- ACCORD participates in 54th UN-CMCOORD course
- SA local elections electoral code and peace pledge