Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference

'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges'
25–26 July 2014
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Introduction

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in partnership with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) is organising the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference under the theme 'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges'.

ACCORD is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD's work involves interventions in conflict situations in Africa through mediation and negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis. ACCORD works across the continent, from SADC in the South, through the Great Lakes region to the Horn of Africa and West Africa. The United Nations has recognised ACCORD's approach of intervention, research, training and early warning as a viable model for conflict prevention and transformation on the continent. Since 1992, ACCORD has trained over 20,000 people in conflict management and conflict resolution skills, focusing on all sectors: government and the public service, business, military and police, and civil society. ACCORD is part of the growing momentum for an African Renaissance.

CAPCR was established in 1996 at California State University, Sacramento, to provide conflict resolution and reconciliation services for agencies, governments, institutions, businesses, civil society and community organisations and other groups through training, education, research, and intervention. CAPCR develops curricular/materials and provides training on mediation, negotiation, arbitration, peace education, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and other conflict resolution services for governmental and non-governmental organisations, business and community groups, public and private agencies, educational institutions and allied professional associations in the United States and Africa. CAPCR is renowned as the leader on ADR in Africa, and has established and/or assisted in the creation and support of conflict resolution institutions, organisations and programmes in Africa, resulting in the International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference – since 1998, with major focus on ADR.

The Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference will be held from 25–26 July 2014 at Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. This international summit will seek to address a gap in knowledge and research on various ADR mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact on reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa. Within this context, the conference will attempt to identify best practices, common challenges and prospects in addition to providing space for networking, self-assessment, reflection and innovation among approximately 80 practitioners, academics, policymakers, and donors participating in the event. The conference will be held in English.

Abstract submissions were accepted until 20 March 2014; while full papers were due by 1 July 2014.

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Conference Registration

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Participants are required to pay a registration fee of US$100 for the conference and US$35 for the closing gala dinner (optional) by no later than 10 July 2014. The conference fee covers the venue, conference materials, lunches as well as mid-morning and afternoon tea for the duration of the conference.

Once registered, participants will receive a Draft Programme as well as an Information Note containing banking details and more information on the conference, proposed accommodation, ground transport and other logistics.

Travel Logistics

Participants are responsible for their own visa, travel and lodging arrangements. The Information Note will have details regarding accommodation, ground transportation, and other useful information for your stay in Johannesburg.

Participants are encouraged to stay at the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, where the conference will take place, as public transport and traffic in Johannesburg may pose a challenge to those residing far from the conference venue.

The conference organisers have negotiated a special rate for conference participants choosing to stay at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton. When making your booking, please mention that you are a delegate of the ACCORD/CAPCR-hosted conference.

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton: Standard Single Room at R1,250.00 per night (B&B)
20 Maude Street, Sandown 2196, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tel: + 27 (0)11 322 5000
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International participants are encouraged to arrange their arrival in Johannesburg no later than the evening of Thursday, 24 July 2014 and departure starting from the morning of 27 July 2014.

Further Information

Should you have any conference-related queries, please contact Ms Shalima Pursotham

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Tel: +27 31 502 3908

Relevant Links

News release on the conference.

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ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part I

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on this page and the next few pages.

01. Prof Pius Yanda

On Climate change, its impacts, related factors and prevention of climate-related conflicts

The effects of climate change and concerns for intra- and inter-state conflicts; the example of pastoral conflict in Tanzania; effects of climate change to the vulnerable; other factors that contribute to conflicts; and, recommendations for adaptation and addressing climate-related conflicts.

02. Dr William Tsuma

Towards a preventative framework for climate-related conflicts

What does a preventative action framework look like? – elements of climate risk assessment and analyses; integrating conflict prevention and climate change adaptation; broadening spaces for policy and action; strengthening local & traditional capacities for resilience.

03. Dr Curtis Bell

On droughts and conflict in Africa

Summary of findings of statistical analysis – beginning of large interdisciplinary project on drought and civil war. Adaptive policy (preventing climate-related conflicts): the effects of cereal grain production on civil war in drought-suffering states.

04. Prof Urmilla Bob

Closing: Panel 1

Conclusions from first panel presentations and discussions.

05. Angella Nabwowe

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Overview of issues arising as a result of take-over of a forest reserve from local peoples, by the National Forestry Authority in Uganda. Recommendations for addressing conflicts.

06. Ellycia Harrould (Part 1)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.

07. Ellycia Harrould (Part 2)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

The importance of marine resources for Africa. "Hotter, higher, more acidic: the effects of climate change on the oceans". The effects of climate change on marine resources: sea-level rise in Africa and the Niger Delta. The problem of ocean acidification. The human consequences of ocean acidification.

 

 

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part II

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on these pages.

08. Dr Fathima Ahmed (Part 1)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Types of conflicts in coastal zones and management issues (a focus on terrestrial issues). Climate change adaptation for coastal zones.

08. Dr Fathima Ahmed (Part 2)

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Types of conflicts in coastal zones and management issues (a focus on terrestrial issues). Climate change adaptation for coastal zones. 

09. Dr Sandy Ruckstuhl

Panel II: Climate change, resource management and conflict

Concluding comments/key issues from panel II

10. Dennis Hamro-Drotz (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Provides background of and rationale for study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Method and main findings of study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Main trends emerging from the study. Conclusions from the study.

10. Dennis Hamro-Drotz (Part 2)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Provides background of and rationale for study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Method and main findings of study by the UNEP, IOM, OCHA, UNU and CILSS on the linkages between climate change, migration and conflict in 9 Sahelian countries and 8 surrounding (ECOWAS) states. Main trends emerging from the study. Conclusions from the study.

11. Janpeter Schilling

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Presentation on conflicts in Turkana, Kenya. Presentation of resource scarcity and abundance (RAST) hypothesis; Adaptation options in the Turkana; Conclusion and Next Steps.

12. Salome Bronkhorst (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Findings of study.

12. Salome Bronkhorst (Part 1)

Panel III: Climate change, mobility and conflict

Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Pastoralism as a form of adaptation to climate change. Findings of study.

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part III

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on these pages.

13. Francis Opiyo

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Strategies for mitigating drought-induced resource use conflicts among pastoralists of Northwestern Kenya: Discussion of Turkana-Pokot conflicts in Kenya. The resource use planning processes as a finding from the study, with conclusions. Conclusion from study.

14. Jennifer Mohamed (Part 1)

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Incorporating human rights perspectives strengthens conflict-sensitive adaptation. What is effective adaptation; adaptation governance can be a conflict driver; adaptation governance to enhance security. Human Rights provides leverage for conflict resolution and prevention by: encouraging future perspectives; ensuring greater equity and fairness; better integration of adaptation; Social learning; and access to justice.

14. Jennifer Mohamed (Part 2)

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

Incorporating human rights perspectives strengthens conflict-sensitive adaptation. What is effective adaptation; adaptation governance can be a conflict driver; adaptation governance to enhance security. Human Rights provides leverage for conflict resolution and prevention by: encouraging future perspectives; ensuring greater equity and fairness; better integration of adaptation; Social learning; and access to justice.

15. Final Comments

Panel IV: Lessons, Approaches and considerations for conflict-sensitive climate adaptation

16. Dennis Taenzler

Panel IV: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

Presentation of the Water, Crisis, Climate Change Analytical Framework (WACCAF) as a Potential Contribution to Conflict Sensitive Adaptation.

17. Jonathan Kolieb (Part 1)

Panel V: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

The case for Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – the role of business in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Realising Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – How to achieve it.

17. Jonathan Kolieb (Part 2)

Panel V: Governing conflict sensitive climate adaptation

The case for Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – the role of business in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Realising Corporate Sustainable Peacebuilding – How to achieve it.

ACCORD 2011 Climate Change & Conflict Expert Seminar - Part IV

ACCORD held a two day expert seminar on 15 & 16 September 2011, to identify issues and recommendations for ensuring that adaptation to climate change is conflict-sensitive. Policy makers, practitioners and scientists presented new research on the linkages between climate change and conflict in Africa, and analysed various tools, policies and approaches to ensure the prevention of conflicts arising from climate change but also from adaptation efforts. The outcomes of the seminar were distributed in advance of COP17 in the form of a Policy and Practice Brief. Read more about the seminar here.

Presentations made by experts during the seminar were filmed and important extracts of these presentations are available on this page and previous pages.

18. Dr Elina Marmer (Part 1)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

Migration and adaptation: 1) adaptation to prevent migration; 2) migration as adaptation, and 3) migration for adaptation. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions.

18. Dr Elina Marmer (Part 2)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

 

Migration and adaptation: 1) adaptation to prevent migration; 2) migration as adaptation, and 3) migration for adaptation. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions. Outline of the methodology of study, the summary of findings and conclusions.

19. Dr Simone Sala

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

Reflection on rainfall, temperature and greening trends in the Sahel. Mediating climate change-induced conflicts over natural resources: A toolbox for policy makers in Africa. 

20. Kira Intrator (Part 1)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts. Part One: Humans as sensors. The next generation of geospatial technology applications to anticipate and mitigate climate.

20. Steve Chan (Part 2)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

20. Steve Chan (Part 3)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

20. Steve Chan (Part 4)

Panel VI: Climate-related conflict prevention and management tools

A very accessible presentation by MIT's Kira Intrator and Steve Chan on the complex technical requirements and technological possibilities for anticipating and mitigating climate change and conflicts.

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