Knowledge Production at ACCORD

The Knowledge Production Department (KPD) undertakes research, produces the ACCORD publications, manages the organisation’s resource centre and carries out skills- and knowledge-based capacity building activities for staff.

Through cooperation with a range of stakeholders across policy, practice and research, KPD aims to:

  • Produce experience-based, academically rigorous knowledge that is relevant to conflict management practitioners, governments, civil society and organisations.
  • Contribute to, and support the work of researchers and practitioners - specifically in post-conflict settings.
  • Involve policymakers in international, regional and national institutions in peacebuilding at a practical level.
  • Inform theoretical and conceptual perspectives in collaboration with our academic partners in Africa and beyond.
  • Strengthen ACCORD’s capacity building and training programmes for African peacemakers and peacekeepers.
  • Introduce ideas and insights relating to a range of issues in the peace and conflict, and conflict resolution fields.
  • Provide a learning platform for the exchange of knowledge, practical and academic research in order to build research capacity, enhance interventions and contribute to policy development.

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ACCORD Executive Director addresses AU Commission’s third high level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa

At the invitation of the African Union Commission's (AUC) Department for Political Affairs, ACCORD has participated in the Third Annual High Level Dialogue on 'Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa: Trends, Challenges, Prospects and Opportunities' convened on 30 and...

26-11-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD Occasional Paper places DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces at epicentre of insecurity in Great Lakes region

The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD makes connections between the vicious cycles of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North and South Kivu provinces (the Kivus) and the intractable conflicts in the DRC. Written by Joyce...

30-10-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD participates in dialogue on role of parliamentarians in managing migration for development

ACCORD was represented in the African-European Parliamentary Dialogue on Migration and Development which was co-hosted by the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Graça Machel Trust. The meeting was held on 2 and 3 October 2014 in...

13-10-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD’s Jannie Malan participates in inter-religious dialogue on the way to peace

As part of its work on religion and conflict, ACCORD was recently represented at the Community of Sant'Egidio's peace conference, which took place from 7 to 9 September 2014 in Belgium.

22-09-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD publishes brief on Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda ahead of UN General Assembly meetings

The latest publication by the ACCORD critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly relevant due to the fact that the MDGs will lapse...

09-09-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD co-hosts 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict…

The recently-held Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference provided an important platform for African and American academics and practitioners working in the fields of conflict and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to share knowledge and discuss the theory and...

11-08-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in workshop on regional and national statistical capacities for measuring peace, rule of law and governance

Peace, rule of law and governance are measurable and a key component of development indicators in Africa. This was the conclusion of a workshop held from 11–12 June 2014 at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hosted by...

11-07-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD’s Vasu Gounden presents Perspectives of African Non-state Actors during 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Union Peace and Security…

As a cornerstone in the African Union (AU)'s quest for peace and security on the continent and as one of the main pillars of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the Peace and Security Council (PSC) commemorated its 10th...

24-06-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD launches special issue of African Journal on Conflict Resolution in honour of HW van der Merwe

The last issue of ACCORD's African Journal on Conflict Resolution (AJCR) of 2013 (Vol 13, No 3) was a special one on the theme Then and now: Perspectives on conflict resolution in South Africa (in honour of H.W. van der...

21-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

Southern Africa non-state actors reflect on the work of the African Union Peace and Security Council ahead of its 10th…

Between 14 and 15 May 2014, ACCORD hosted a two-day consultative meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, bringing together Southern African non-state actors ahead of the 10th anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC). Titled Southern Africa Consultation on...

19-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Special Issue Launch

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is timely to recall some of the individuals and initiatives that helped to prompt the end of apartheid. Professor H.W. van der Merwe, described by the media as the man "who...

12-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD seminar focuses on alternate dispute resolution in run up to 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference

Within the context of heavy reliance on litigation by parties to disputes, the practicality of utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods in resolving conflict in Africa was the focus of an Internal Staff Seminar held on 20 January 2014 at...

25-02-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD participates in GPPAC International Steering Group meeting

In an effort to address the shrinking space faced by civil society in several African countries, members of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) should strengthen collaboration and cooperation within and between the four GPPAC regional...

05-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD publishes paper examining successes and challenge of South Africa's mediation efforts in Zimbabwe

The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD analyses South Africa's facilitation approach to the inter-party negotiation process in Zimbabwe – from former President Thabo Mbeki's 'quiet diplomacy' to current President Jacob Zuma's assertive stance – amid competing domestic and international...

02-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD Brief discusses how South Sudan can achieve reconciliation without regret

The various options available to a country that wishes to face and address the legacy of grave crimes perpetrated against, and at times even by, its people in efforts to acquire justice for survivors of conflict are the focus of...

02-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in international conference on the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

ACCORD has participated in the International Conference on the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) with the aim of acquiring more in-depth understanding of the Rwandan experience as the ICTR prosecutorial mandate comes to an end, and...

28-11-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in Africa Portal content partners' meeting

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was recently represented in a meeting of African think tanks which aimed to discuss the way forward for the Africa Portal, an open access online knowledge resource for policy-related issues...

28-11-2013 in Knowledge Production

Internal seminar examines challenges and prospects for state formation in post-secession Eritrea and South Sudan

Although secessionist movements in various parts of sub-Saharan Africa were common in the 1980s and 90s, only Eritrea and South Sudan managed to gain independence, in 1993 and 2011 respectively. The question still remains, however, whether these countries are on...

28-11-2013 in Knowledge Production