ACCORD’s resource centre, based at our headquarters in Mount Edgecombe, houses a variety of resources that are of value to the study of peace, conflict resolution and Africa. We currently house approximately 7160 titles of books, journals, case studies, gazettes, magazines, newsletters, briefings, monographs, published papers , reports, reviews and unpublished papers. The organisation aims to develop this facility and the resources over time, so that upon the development of the Africa Peace Centre the organisation will be in possession of one of the largest collections of literature and resources on peace and conflict in Africa.
The resource centre is open to the public (by appointment), and although resources cannot be taken off the premises, there is space for conducting research, using ACCORD computers for internet research and to gain access to our electronic resources (such as the EBSO host web platform for accessing academic journals).
Documentation Capacity Building
Under the Strong Peace partnership funded by the Swedish International Development Agency, a memorandum of understanding was signed by ACCORD, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute. The MoU defines five areas of collaboration, one of which is the development of documentation and library resources at ACCORD to contribute to ACCORD’s vision that the Africa Peace Centre (APC) will:
- “bridge the nexus between practice and theory and establish itself as a leading Centre of Excellence on the African continent with regard to capacity-building, research, knowledge production and documentation in the field of conflict resolution”
- “offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive library and documentation services”… “based on IT technology”