Books

ACCORD has published a number of books, all of which can be ordered directly from ACCORD's offices.

Featured Book

Long-time ACCORD researcher, Professor Jannie Malan writes a searching and unique book delving into the wealth of traditional conflict management practices on the continent, and discusses how these might be applied in our current context to embellish, enhance... and even inform current efforts to intervene in conflict.

As this book is now out of print, it is being offered free for download in PDF format by ACCORD.

From the foreword...

In his concluding remarks our author reminds us that “...the shape of our continent (like a question mark) can serve as a continual reminder to all of us to keep asking penetrating questions in our search for conflict resolution wisdom.” ACCORD’s entire existence has been characterised by this attitude of searching and researching for old and new ways of dealing with conflict. Our latest contribution to this ongoing process of searching is Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa.

We have held a firm belief, for a long time, that Africa has a rich heritage and history, supplemented by a colourful oral tradition that is pregnant with knowledge and expertise. We do not therefore have to look far for the answers to our challenges. Our problem today is that the intrusion of modernity and its attendant features, especially the gravitation of communities to urban life, has robbed the oral tradition of its utility as a tool for transferring centuries of useful life experiences and communal approaches to problem solving.

It is in this context that we make our modest contribution by recording in writing some of Africa’s wisdom. We hope that this will encourage others to join us in capturing the richness of our continent’s knowledge and making it accessible, not just in Africa, but for the entire world. Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa is being released at an important juncture in the history of Africa. This is a period that is increasingly being referred to as the African Renaissance. The popular and historical renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries refers to, among other things, a period of unprecedented accumulation of knowledge, spurred on by innovations in the printing industry. In many ways our renaissance at this juncture should also celebrate an accumulation of our inner knowledge and its unprecedented dissemination through the written word.

The author of this excellent contribution, Professor Jannie Malan, is Head of Research at ACCORD. His contribution emanates from tireless, meticulous and thorough research. More importantly, his research is complemented by a dedicated and deep commitment to the greater values that underpin conflict resolution wisdom from Africa. In the process of his search, he has made an enormous contribution to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. His reflections in this book are therefore a combination of skilled academic research and inner wisdom.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tata Jannie for his contribution to peace in Africa. I would also like to thank our dear friends, Professor Francis Deng and Dr. Alioune Sall, for taking time to read and review Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa. Finally, let me record our sincere appreciation to our friend and brother, Dr. Chris Bakwesegha (Head of the Conflict Resolution Department of the Organisation of African Unity), for all his supportive, constructive and amplifying editorial comments, which could indeed be incorporated.

Vasu Gounden
Director, ACCORD
August 1997

Also Available from ACCORD

Also available from the ACCORD Resource Centre are the following publications:

Conflict Resolution Wisdom from Africa - Jannie Malan, 1997
State, Sovereignty & Responsibility: African solutions to African problems - ACCORD, 1996
Peacekeeping in Africa: Report on the Pretoria Seminar, South Africa 21-22 November 1995 - ACCORD 1996
Peacekeeping in Africa: Training report Lusaka, Zambia, 20-22 March 1996 - ACCORD 1996
Students need education for justice and peace - ACCORD 1995
ACCORD in review - 1995
The first African conference in pecaemkaing and conflict resolution (ACPCR) 20-22 March - ACCORD 1995

African Journal on Conflict Resolution

 

In launching a new academic journal focusing on conflict transformation in Africa in 1999, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) fulfilled a long-held ambition to contribute to the intellectual development of thinking, writing and dialogue in the field of conflict management on the African continent.

AJCR publishes the writings of a wide range of African and international authors in the field, but emphasis has deliberately been kept on profiling the writings of African writers, and the thinking emerging from African universities, colleges and organisations.

Articles in the journal are longer and more in-depth than those found in ACCORD’s Conflict Trends Magazine, and are of an overtly academic nature. However, readership is not limited to audiences in academic institutions, and the literary style has deliberately been kept accessible and straightforward.


Free to download

Copies of all articles from all editions of the journal can be downloaded from this site, by clicking on the links to the left. However, it is also possible to receive the journal in printed format, by sending an e-mail with your name, organisation, designation and postal address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Publications

ACCORD produces a range of publications documenting conflict trends across the Continent, and analysing indepth issues in the field.

Our flagship publications are the Conflict Trends magazine and the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. We also regularly publish Occasional Papers and books around the them of conflict management. ACCORD has recently significantly increased the size and capacity of its Knowledge Production Department, and this will result in a ramping-up of production of publications in coming months and years.

Conflict Trends Magazine

In October 1998, ACCORD launched the long-awaited Conflict Trends magazine. As its name suggests, the publication focuses on analysing and reporting on trends in current and emerging conflicts and their resolution on the African continent. Focusing on developments and challenges in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, articles in the magazine aim to contribute to the body of knowledge on ‘what works’ through the sharing of information on specific interventions, case studies, good practices and recommendations. Conflict Trends is widely accessed and used by policy makers, academics and conflict resolution practitioners in Africa and beyond.

Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Executive Director, stated in the first Conflict Trends editorial:

"The world today is characterised by political and economic chaos existing alongside unprecedented progress in science and technology… a paradox of failure and progress co-existing in a world of predictable uncertainty. Africa exists and survives in this new paradigm. To the uncritical yet interested observer of African affairs, her survival belies the many death defying challenging that confront her people—yet it is Africa's survival that bears testimony to her ability to meet these challenges.

It is in this context that we launch our magazine. We hope to give the interested observer deeper insight into the many challenges that confront us in Africa. To the many other Africans who share this drama with us, we hope to provide a balanced and objective understanding of our challenges and our numerous yet unrecorded successes at meeting these challenges."

Free to Download

In mid-2012, fourteen years after its launch, 53 highly relevant issues of Conflict Trends had been produced, some of them in partnership with UN agencies and other collaborating organisations. All issues of the magazine are available for free download in PDF format from the drop-down menu at top left. However, it is also possible to receive the magazine in printed format, by sending an e-mail with your name, organisation, designation and postal address to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AJCR Volume 13 No. 3, 2013

Foreword by the guest editor
Johannes (Jannie) Botes

From going between to working together: Learning from structures and attitudes in South Africa's transition
Jannie Malan

Linking poverty and violence: The South African scenario
Ampie Muller

Violence as a form of communication: Making sense of violence in South Africa
Hugo van der Merwe

Mediation and conflict resolution in South and Southern Africa: A personal account of the past 30 years
Charles Nupen

Public participation as participatory conflict resolution: Shortcomings and best practices at the local level in South Africa
Sifiso Mbuyisa

Tributes to H.W. van der Merwe Hendrik W. van der Merwe (1929–2001)
Louis Kriesberg

A tribute to H.W. van der Merwe: Peace builder, colleague, and friend
Ampie Muller

The mediator's moral dilemma: An essay in memory of H.W. van der Merwe
Andries Odendaal

A just peace agreement, or just a peace agreement: Reflections on the work of H.W. van der Merwe
Vasu Gounden

'Sowing, cultivating, harvesting and spreading the seeds of peace': In honour of H.W. van der Merwe
Valerie Dovey

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AJCR Volume 13 No. 2, 2013

Foreword
Jannie Malan

Conflict and conflict resolution in Africa: Engaging the colonial factor
Fonkem Achankeng I

Interethnic conflict in Jonglei State, South Sudan: Emerging ethnic hatred between the Lou Nuer and the Murle
Yuki Yoshida

Peace at last? Appraisal of the Addis Ababa Peace and Security Cooperation Framework and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2098 for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sadiki Koko

Fragility and the State: Post-apartheid South Africa and the State-Society Contract in the 21st Century
Lesley Connolly

Strengthening ethical political leadership for sustainable peace and social justice in Africa: Uganda as a case study
Evelyn Mayanja

Book review

Civil Wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010
Reviewed by Martha Mutisi

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AJCR Volume 13 No. 1, 2013

Foreword
Jannie Malan

The reintegrating role that can be played by a traditional conflict- resolving mechanism in the eastern Hararghe zone of Oromiya regional state, Ethiopia
Nigusie Angessa

Exploring Gumaa as an indispensable psycho-social method of conflict resolution and justice administration
Tamene Keneni

Complex conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Good governance a prerequisite of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) peacebuilding
Mary McCartin

Reconciliation, conciliation, integration and national healing: Possibilities and challenges in Zimbabwe
Oswell Hapanyengwi-Chemhuru

Voting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal's no-go areas: Coercive mobilisation and territorial control in post-conflict elections
Maria Schuld

Book review

Polarization and transformation in Zimbabwe: Social movements, strategy dilemmas and change
Reviewed by Lesley Connolly

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AJCR Volume 12 No. 3, 2012

Foreword
Jannie Malan

Structural violence and the struggle for state power in Rwanda: What Arusha got wrong
Andy Storey

Building trust and playing hardball: Contrasting negotiating styles in South Africa's transition to democracy
Barry M. Shapiro

Peacekeeping operations and adjustment of soldiers in Sudan: Peace in the minds and hearts of soldiers?
René Koopman and Gideon A.J. van Dyk

Longing for home: Pre-genocide and post-genocide refugees in Rwanda
Cori Wielenga

A humanistic approach to divorce and family mediation in the South African context: A comparative study of Western-style mediation and African humanistic mediation
Amanda E. Boniface

Citation patterns in Peace and Conflict Studies: A case study of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Oluchi O. Okere and Joseph Kehinde Fasae

Book Review

Community of insecurity: SADC's struggle for peace and security in Southern Africa
Reviewed by Marie-Christine Schwager

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AJCR Volume 12 No. 2, 2012

Foreword
Jannie Malan

The quest for Pax Africana: The case of the African Union's peace and security regime
Solomon A. Dersso

The African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD): Restoring a relationship challenged?
Chris Landsberg

The African Union's diplomacy of the diaspora: Context, challenges and prospects
Makumi Mwagiru

Between reactive and proactive interventionism: The African Union Peace and Security Council's engagement in the Horn of Africa
Tim Murithi

The African Union Peace and Security mechanism's crawl from design to reality: Was the Libyan crisis a depiction of severe limitations?
Anyway Sithole

The African Union's notion of 'African solutions to African problems' and the crises in Côte d'Ivoire (2010–2011) and Libya (2011)
Kasaija Phillip Apuuli

A review of the African Union's experience in facilitating peaceful power transfers: Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Libya and Sudan: Are there prospects for reform?
Martin Rupiya

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AJCR Volume 12 No. 1, 2012

Foreword
Jannie Malan

Hegemonic agendas, intermesticity and conflicts in the post-colonial state
Ademola Araoye

Communal conflict, civil war, and the state: Complexities, connections, and the case of Sudan
Johan Brosché and Emma Elfversson

The challenges of preventive diplomacy: The United Nations' post-Cold War experiences in Africa
J. Ododa Opiyo

Conflict over land ownership: The case of farmers and cattle graziers in the north west region of Cameroon
Patience Munge Sone

Religious violence in Nigeria: Causal diagnoses and strategic recommendations to the state and religious communities
Isaac Terwase Sampson

Book Review

Mediation in political conflicts – Soft power or counter culture?
Reviewed by Leonard Suransky

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