ACCORD has recently published the first edition of the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook. This Handbook aims to serve as a training tool and a self-study field guide for peacebuilding practitioners, and is designed to prove useful to a wide range of actors, including representatives of NGOs, government agencies, development partners, and intergovernmental organisations.
In late May 2013, ACCORD attended and participated in a series of forums and events in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU). A Youth Forum themed 'Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance' (22–24 May 2013), hosted by the AU Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), featured as one of the key events in what is to be an ongoing, year-long series of commemorative activities.
During April, the Peacebuilding Unit of ACCORD attended several meetings in relation to the g7+ and the New Deal for engagement in fragile states, in Washington D.C, United States. The g7+ group of fragile countries was formed with the objective to create a mechanism to monitor, report, and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states, and with the aim to reform and reinvent a new paradigm for international engagement. These meetings served as an opportunity for ACCORD to strengthen its engagement in the peacebuilding field, particularly in line with support that it provides to the g7+ Secretariat.
Under the auspices of the Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme and the African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), ACCORD has hosted a South African Civilian Capacities Roundtable with key South African stakeholders in the peacekeeping and peacebuilding fields. Developments in the peacekeeping-peacebuilding nexus have focused attention on civilian roles and expertise in peace operations, and enabled new and appropriate responses to challenges faced in post-conflict societies. This meeting was aimed at improving civilian deployments for South Africa's bilateral assistance to, and multilateral engagements in, post-conflict societies.
ACCORD continues to support the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in its efforts to promote peace and security in the region by providing training support in conflict management, focusing on mediation and negotiation.
ACCORD has participated in the African Solidarity Initiative (ASI) planning meeting that was hosted by the African Union/ Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development (AU/PCRD) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 18 April 2013. The ASI is a new initiative spearheaded by the AU/PCRD aimed at mobilizing efforts and commitments in supporting post conflict reconstruction and development of African countries. Post conflict reconstruction and development in Africa is strategic in the work of ACCORD and the meeting provided the opportunity for ACCORD's contributions and engagements in strengthening policy approaches towards African countries emerging from conflicts.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in a global conference on Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The conference, organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided a forum for member states, military experts, and humanitarian and civil society organizations to discuss and review practical recommendations that will address various challenges in protecting civilians in armed conflict, and to further promote respect and compliance of IHL, and minimize civilian causality by all parties to a conflict.
ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit recently attended the 2013 Annual Conference for the Alliance for Peacebuilding, titled 'Innovation in Peacebuilding; breaking down silos and engaging civil society.' As the institutional home for leading peacebuilding institutions and professionals around the world, the Alliance for Peacebuilding's Annual Conference provided space for highly innovative creativity and collaboration with regards to concepts, strategies and programs informing local initiatives for peace.
The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in the seminar hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on "Future African Peace Operations: From Scenarios to Force Preparations" held on 25 April 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. The objective was to increase knowledge and agreement on the role of scenarios as a necessary element for planning - since scenario planning provides a key platform and future view on what can be expected and how best to prepare for future peace operations. The Programme was represented by Ms. Seun Abiola – Peacekeeping Unit Senior Programme Officer.
ACCORD's South Sudan Initiative (SSI) has held a Mediation and Negotiation Support Training (MANST) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for South Sudanese government officials and stakeholders who are directly or indirectly involved in the ongoing negotiation processes with Republic of Sudan. The training was held from 24-28 March.
On 22 April 2013 ACCORD hosted the Governor of Khartoum, H.E. Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Khidr, from the Republic of Sudan, along with a delegation of ten senior officials, which included advisors and heads of the Strategic Projects Unit and Investment Authority for Khartoum State. While in South Africa the delegation met with senior city officials in Gauteng (Johannesburg) and eThekwini (Durban) Municipalities.
- ACCORD starts online mentoring for UNMISS Civil Affairs Officers in South Sudan
- TfP AGM and UN Meetings 2013
- ACCORD elected Civilian Chair for 19th IAPTC Annual Conference
- ACCORD helps institutionalisation of the Pan-African Network of the Wise
- TfP/ACCORD consults AU on peace support operations
- TfP attends workshop on understanding and integrating local perceptions in multidimensional UN Peacekeeping Operations
- ACCORD hosts AU Chairperson and Heads of RECs during BRICS Summit
- APSTA colloquium examines peace support operations
- ACCORD contributes to first Malagasy defence dialogue on role of armed forces in state of crisis
- ACCORD interrogates regional cooperation for elimination of LRA
- ACCORD attends Post 2015 Development Agenda conference and g7 Technical Meeting
- ACCORD publishes conference paper on consolidation of peace after post-electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire
- ACCORD hosts BRICS seminar on role of emerging powers in shaping international peace and security agenda
- ACCORD hosts debate on the significance of the APRM to African governance
- ACCORD advisor publishes on understanding peacebuilding as essentially local
- ACCORD examines Liberia’s justice and security sector reform
- ACCORD hosts debate on the APRM in celebration of its 10th anniversary
- Latest Policy & Practice Brief examines Zimbabwe and Kenya’s post-peace agreement polls
- ACCORD publishes Policy & Practice Brief on political impasse in Madagascar
- ACCORD internal staff seminar explores effectiveness of non-violent action in conflict prevention