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).
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.
ACCORD has re-launched their long-awaited Occasional Paper Series. The series will focus on exciting and diverse analysis of current and emerging conflict transformation research, theory and praxis. Through substantive treatment of a subject of current and immediate interest, the OPS will contribute towards a growing body of knowledge on broad and interwoven issues in the field of conflict resolution in Africa, and from a wide variety of sources across the continent.
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has identified Salt Rock Hotel as the venue for its biannual, strategic Africa conference, to be held from 27-29 March. Some 45 aid officials from Sweden and Sida’s missions in Africa will participate. Anders Mollander, Sweden’s Ambassador to South Africa, will also be in attendance.
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 Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited to be a resource person at a seminar entitled 'Envisioning New Trajectories for Peace in Sri Lanka', which was held in Zurich, Switzerland, from 8-9 April. The seminar was hosted by the Centre for Just Peace and Democracy (CJPD), Switzerland, in collaboration with the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Sri Lanka.
ACCORD is participating in the 2006 ‘Peacekeeping, Reconstruction and Stability Operations in Africa’ conference taking place in Midrand, South Africa from 28-31 March. Cedric de Coning, Research Fellow at ACCORD, is making a presentation on ‘Incorporating Civil Military Coordination into Reconstruction Operations’ on Tuesday 28 March, and he is facilitating a workshop on 31 March entitled ‘Analysing Civil-Military Coordination As A Critical Success Factor In Complex Peace Operations.’
The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme has been invited by the Kenya Peace Support Training Centre (KPSTC) to participate in their tenth United Nations Military Observers training course. The training was held over three weeks in March 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya, and the ACCORD ran modules on conflict analysis, negotiation and mediation on the 13th.
- 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
- ACCORD hosts roundtable discussion with TV Paul
- Gounden to address UN on cooperation with African regional organisations
- Gounden in Burundi to meet government and civil society
- ACCORD to host GPPAC steering meeting