Increasing recognition of the relationships and dynamics between state fragility, conflict and violence now positions these issues amongst the central foci of conflict and development practitioners worldwide. It is in this light that ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director participated in the World Bank Group's Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum in Washington DC, USA on 11-13 February 2015. Convened by Ms Betty Bigombe, the World Bank Group's Senior Director of its Fragility, Conflict and Violence Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, the Forum strived to unite political leaders, policymakers, academics, activists, and civil society organisations towards strengthening their responses and supporting countries mired by fragility, conflict, and violence.
From the 11th to the 12th of February 2015, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was represented at a conference hosted by the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, organized under the theme of 'Advancing an African Peacebuilding Agenda'.
Climate change affects and will affect livelihood resources in Africa, especially among the poor, with potentially negative consequences for peace and security across the continent. It is against this background that the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in cooperation with adelphi, a leading German think tank, has published an edited volume entitled Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa, which is now available to download at no charge from the ACCORD website.
As part of a continued effort towards peace in South Sudan, ACCORD convened the "South Sudan Peacebuilding Dialogue and Reflection Seminar" in Juba, South Sudan from 2-3 December 2014. This was a follow-on workshop from the South Sudan study tour, entitled, "Enhancing the process of Peacebuiling in South Sudan" which took place in South Africa from 27 to 31 October 2014.
The second Somali Diaspora community conference opened in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda yesterday. The conference was jointly organized by AMISOM in conjunction with the African Centre for the constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the federal government of Somalia. The conference named "Diaspora Policy Consultation" focused on the affairs of Diaspora community, their role in the development and reconstruction and the Somalia government's Diaspora policy which aims to attract them back to work, live and invest in Somalia.The purpose of the meting, according to the organisers, was to explore ways in which the Diaspora can be mobilised and harnessed for the purpose of national reconciliation and development. Kigali was specifically chosen as a venue because of Rwanda's civil war and the enormous role its own Diaspora played and continues to play in rebuilding it.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) in collaboration with the African Union (AU) organized a Roundtable with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) & Regional Mechanisms (RMs) on Civilian Rostering Processes. The roundtable sought to generate recommendations on how to further strengthen Africa's civilian capacity and ensure coherence and coordination between all the stakeholders within the civilian rostering process. The roster is a platform for the generation, retention and utilization of civilian capacities on a standby basis for deployment across a range of peace and security operations. The Roundtable aimed at identifying gaps in relationships within the rostering process and sought to strengthen these relationships for an effective and efficient rostering system, a system that seeks to provide for predictability on civilian deployment in peace operations in Africa. The discussions encouraged RECs and Planning Elements (PLANELMs) within the African Standby Force (ASF) to effectively link training to the rostering process.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento, have published a report on the proceedings of the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference. The symposium, which was co-hosted by ACCORD and CAPCR, was convened under the theme 'Alternative dispute resolution and peace studies in Africa: Lessons, prospects and challenges', and held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 25 and 26 July 2014.
The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in a United Nations (UN) Protection of Civilians (PoC) Coursefor civilian, military and police personnel who are serving, or may potentially serve in peace missions. The course helps to build the foundational knowledge and skills of participants to effectively support the PoC mandate of UN and African Union (AU) peace missions. The overall purpose of this annual course is therefore to prepare the individual participants for assignments relating to PoC in UN and other missions. The course is implemented through lectures and a series of syndicate work, where the participants are tasked to come up with solutions to mission specific case studies.
The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) co-organised and participated in the Seminar on the future of African Peace Operations. Noting that African peace operations have developed a great deal over the last decade, partnerships with the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and others have also evolved and matured. As a result, Africa now has a rich sample of cases that can be used as a basis from which to chart a future course for the next decade of African peace operations. The Seminar provided a platform for discussions about the strategic policy options facing the AU and its Member States, and reflected on past experiences to extract best practices as well as critical challenges, and to generate strategic options for the next generation of Africa Peace Support Operations (PSOs).
The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has co-organised and participated in the Seminar on the future of African Peace Operations. Noting that African peace operations have developed a great deal over the last decade, partnerships with the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and others have also evolved and matured. As a result, Africa now has a rich sample of cases that can be used as a basis from which to chart a future course for the next decade of African peace operations. The Seminar provided a platform for discussions about the strategic policy options facing the AU and its Member States, and reflected on past experiences to extract best practices as well as critical challenges, and to generate strategic options for the next generation of Africa Peace Support Operations (PSOs).
The Seminar was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-18 December 2014 and was organized by TfP/ACCORD, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), other TfP partners and Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). The workshop brought together 63 participants representing the EU, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), African Union (AU) and its missions, Regional Training Centres of Excellence, Academics and Researchers, Government Ministries, Regional Economic Communities, Practitioners and Humanitarian Personnel. The participation of these experts provided different understanding with varying views and critical concerns that underpin each dimension of contemporary peace operations. This led to practical recommendations on how to improve future African PSOs.
The Seminar discussed critical themes such as Stabilization Mission and Mandates – Implications for the African Standby Force (ASF); Responding to New Asymmetric and Hybrid Security Challenges: Terrorism, Organized Crime, Piracy, and Pandemics; AU PSO Partnership: Strategic Considerations; AU PSOs Partnerships: Mission Support; Operationalization of the ASF & RDC (Rapid Deployment Capability) and harmonization with the African Capacity for the Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC); Role of Civilian and Police Personnel in African PSOs; The Relationship between the UN, AU, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) & Regional Mechanisms (RMs) and the Principle of Subsidiarity; and the Way Forward: Strategic Options for African PSO 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
- TfP/ACCORD trains on the Gender Perspective to Peace Support Operations: A Comprehensive Approach
- ACCORD facilitates enhancement of peacebuilding in South Sudan
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 10th Regional Senior Mission Leaders Course
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 2014 Challenges Annual Forum in Beijing
- ACCORD Occasional Paper places DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces at epicentre of insecurity in Great Lakes region
- ACCORD contributes to Fifth Annual High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability in Africa
- ACCORD/TfP participates in Civilian Rostering Seminar on lessons learned Northern Africa
- TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Gender and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Course for Police Advisors in Peace Missions
- ACCORD/TfP co-ordinate Leadership Capacity Building and Strategy Formulation Workshop on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for AMISOM
- TfP/ACCORD participate at AUC-OHCHR Joint Consultative Meeting on Cooperation on Human Rights in Peace Operations
- TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Mission Planning and Mission Support Training Harmonization and Standardization Workshop
- TfP/ACCORD undertakes research on role of the Civilian Component in AU Peace Support Operations
- ACCORD facilitates capacity building for COMESA Electoral Management Bodies Forum on Election and Mediation
- ACCORD publishes AU Mediation Support Handbook