Peacebuilding Multimedia - Peacebuilding Seminar (Part 1)

Peacebuilding Seminar: Towards a more coherent peacebuilding policy community

ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme, funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, recently created a space which brought relevant peacebuilding actors together to discuss issues of complexity, coherence and coordination within the peacebuilding policy community by holding a two-day seminar entitled "Towards a More Coherent Peacebuilding Policy Community". This seminar was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19-20 February 2014. This seminar was attended by 50 participants from across the globe from Inter-Governmental Organisations, International NGOs and Civil Society Organisations, Think Tanks, Local NGOs and Civil Society Organisations as well as African and local partners. Participants included Ms. Sarah Cliffe (Assistant Secretary General for Civilian Capacity at the United Nations), Dr Khabela Matlosa (Director of Political Affairs at the African Union), Mr. Takwa Suifon (Expert on PCRD at the African Union) and Dr. Henk- Jan Brinkman (Chief of the Policy Planning and Application Branch of the United Nations), amongst others.

Opening Session Mr. Vasu Gounden - Executive Director, ACCORD

This is the opening session of the Peacebuilding Seminar: Towards a More Coherence Peacebuilding Policy Community held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19-20 February 2014.

Session 1

Peacebuilding Coherence Dilemma Cooperation, Coexistence or Competition

This session set the tone for the workshop with opening remarks by Dr. Cedric de Coning: Advisor to the Peacebuilding Unit, ACCORD, who unpacked what we meant by Coherence and Coordination and what this workshop aimed to achieve.

Session 2

Opportunities to Overcome the Peacebuilding Coherence Dilemma: Speaker 1: Dr. Henk-Jan Brinkman

Session two looked at perspectives of coherence and coordination dilemmas within the international community. Dr. Henk-Jan Brinkman, Chief Policy Planning and Application Branch, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, reflected on the perspective of the UN Peacebuilding Planning Office about examples of how you the Dialogue has tried to overcome the challenges posed by coherence and coordination within the peacebuilding context.

Opportunities to Overcome the Peacebuilding Coherence Dilemma: Discussant: Dr. Erin McCandless

Session two looked at perspectives of coherence and coordination dilemmas within the international community. Dr. Erin McCandless Chief Editor, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, was the discussant for the session providing to provide some critical analysis of the "ideas" presented as well as to highlighting some common themes. We would like you to provide new ideas, to comment on the topic, and to share your own thoughts on how to encourage coherence and coordination among the international and local players involved in peacebuilding policy processes.

Session 3

Regional and local Approaches to Peacebuilding Coordination

This session looked at regional aspects of coherence and coordination focusing on the UN, g7+ and perspectives from African civil society.

Speaker:

  • Dr. Samuel Doe: Policy Advisor & Team Leader, UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR)
  • Dr. Helder de Costa: General Secretary of the g7+ Secetariat
  • Dr. Tim Murithi: Head of Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Mr Prosper Addo, the Senior Political/Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the African Union (AU) Liaison Office in Monrovia, Liberia, presenting on behalf of the Director of Political Affairs of the African Union, Dr. Khabele Matlosa.

Disscussant:

  • Ms. Oury Traore: Executive Director of the Partners for Democratic Change - West Africa