The research agenda for the Knowledge Production Department typically deals with conflict and peace-oriented issues relating to the practical work of and training programmes conducted by ACCORD and other practitioner organisations in conflict areas; and key conflict-related policy issues. The agenda is updated annually to accommodate a synergy between Knowledge Production and the Interventions Department (namely the Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Units).

The Knowledge Production Department has a three-year partnership with the University of Uppsala’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). Under this partnership KPD undertakes various research projects. Please click here for more detail on the Strong Peace Partnership with Uppsala University.

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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

Internal seminar examines large-scale agricultural land deals in Africa through focus on Ethiopia

Although large-scale agricultural land transaction is not a new phenomenon in Africa, the global financial and food crises that simultaneously erupted in 2007/2008 triggered a renewed interest in Africa's agricultural land. Some have labelled the current trend 'land grabbing', others...

11-11-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD internal seminar examines anthropology of violence in Great Lakes region

Anthropological and socio-historical studies of the pre-colonial African Great Lakes region have testified to long periods of political stability as well as socio-economic development under various kingdoms and chiefdoms which comprised the region. Shockingly, however, most of the recorded history...

06-11-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD publishes Policy and Practice Brief for AU's Agenda 2063: From OAU to AU

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) recently published a Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) entitled The OAU/AU and an Africa at peace with itself: Time for serious business. Authored by ACCORD Senior Research Fellow Angela Muvumba...

24-10-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD and CAPCR to co-host 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in Johannesburg in July 2014

Under the theme 'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges', ACCORD and the Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento, will co-host the 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict...

15-10-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD hosts annual GPPAC Southern Africa regional steering committee meeting

Country-specific information and reports shared by participants at the annual meeting of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Southern Africa Regional Steering Committee indicated that the key issues threatening stability and human security across the region...

30-09-2013 in Knowledge Production

Internal seminar examines communal conflicts in South Sudan

Eight years after the official end of Sudan's civil war and two years into the birth of the Republic of South Sudan, though strides have been made towards institution building, the nation is faced with increasingly violent communal conflicts, says...

04-09-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD's Jannie Malan presents 'magnificent paper' at Oxford Round Table on Religion

ACCORD Senior Researcher, Professor Jannie Malan, has had his presentation on religion, conflict and peace extremely well received at the Oxford Round Table Conference on Religion held between 28 July and 1 August 2013 at Brasenose College in the University...

22-08-2013 in Knowledge Production

Report from inaugural High Level Retreat of the AU Panel of the Wise

ACCORD has published the outcomes from the inaugural High Level Retreat of the African Union Panel of the Wise on Strengthening Relations with Similar Regional Mechanisms in a report which is now available on the institution's website. The 60-page report...

21-08-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD hosts academic writing skills workshop for staff

A key role of ACCORD's Knowledge Production Department (KPD) is building the capacity of members of staff in various areas through organising and hosting internal capacity strengthening activities. In line with this mandate, KPD hosted the first Academic Writing Skills...

19-08-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD focus on role of Nigerian youth in peacebuilding

There is overwhelming literature on the extensive involvement of children and youth in conflict and warfare in Africa and beyond. Literature addressing the positive contributions of young people when they are included in a nation's peacebuilding interventions post-conflict, however, is...

28-06-2013 in Knowledge Production

Internal staff seminar unpacks peace infrastructures

Peace infrastructures are gaining terrain as a means to bring about structural transformation and coordination for all actors invested in building sustainable peace. In this regard, ACCORD Training Unit intern Maya Doyon-Hanson delivered a presentation during an Internal Staff Seminar...

26-06-2013 in Knowledge Production