Bottlenecks to Deployment?

The Challenges of Deploying Trained Personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

This report addresses the role of training programmes with respect to the deployment of personnel in peace operations. It assessed the effectiveness of the deployment of trained personnel as well as the main obstacles to deployment. The Norwegian-funded Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) was used as a case to explore the bottlenecks that hamper the recruitment and deployment of trained personnel, especially civilians, to peace operations in the African context. The study is exploratory in character and the conclusions are tentative in nature, as they are based on limited empirical data.

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Policy Framework for the Civilian Dimension of the African Standby Force

The Civilian Dimension Policy Framework clarifies the policy context, the multidimensional management structure and decision-making process, the main civilian roles and responsibilities, the mission support functions as well as the main police roles and responsibilities that need to be in place to support the civilian and police dimensions of peace operations.

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ASF Civilian Dimension Implementation Plan

ASF Civilian Dimension Implementation Plan was developed out of the Civilian Dimension Policy Framework as a detailed map of the processes for the development and operationalisation of the civilian dimension of the ASF. It centres on eight (8) lines of action to be taken in order to initiate the ASF Civilian Dimension. These include (1) Integrated Mission Policies, (2) Human Resources Policies, (3) Gender Policy, (4) HIV/AIDS Policy, (5) Conduct and Discipline, (6) Training, (7) Capacity Building, (8) Raising Awareness of the Civilian Dimension of the ASF.

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The Civilian Staffing, Training and Rostering (STR) Workshop Report

The Civilian Staffing, Training and Rostering (STR) Workshop Report or the Kampala Report is a published account of the recommendations relating to the staffing, recruitment, rostering and training of the civilian dimension of the ASF. It addresses the issues relating to these four key areas to foster a harmonised approach of the AU and RECs/RMs, with regards to the civilian dimension of the ASF.

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The African Union Panel of the Wise

Strengthening relations with similar regional mechanisms

The African Union (AU) convened an inaugural High Level Retreat of the AU Panel of
the Wise (AU PW) where the continental body brought together its Panel of the Wise and similar regional mechanisms in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 4 and 5
June 2012. The retreat was convened by the African Union Peace and Security
Department (AU PSD), in collaboration with the African Centre for the
Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

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Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict

Towards strengthened partnerships with African member states

A report on the proceedings of the Africa Regional Consultation on Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict, held in Pretoria, South Africa from 19–20 July 2012, hosted by the Government of South Africa in collaboration with the United Nations and the African Union, facilitated by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes.

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Make Peace Happen

Strengthening Political Governance for Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

A research report based on the AU High-level Retreat held in Cairo, Egypt, from 4–5 September 2011, organised by the African Union Peace and Security Department in cooperation with the Government of Egypt, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Cairo Regional Centre for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa.

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Resolution 1325 in 2020: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Women play multiple roles in conflict and post-conflict situations, and these roles extend well beyond those of caregivers and victims. As such, it becomes crucially important to promote women's agency and build on their potential in peace processes by including them in all levels of participation – including in peacekeeping; negotiations; mediation; socio-economic reconstruction; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) processes...

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Climate Change and Conflict

Lessons for Conflict Resolution from the Southern Sahel of Sudan

Using a human security perspective, this report identifies and analyses local and international non-governmental organisation (NGO) interventions in cases of conflicts related to the environment and environmental change in the southern Sahel of Sudan. The research was driven by the premise that valuable lessons for addressing conflicts related to the impacts of climate change may be identified from environmental interventions.

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Mediating Land Conflict in Burundi

ACCORD has been active in Burundi since 1995, playing a second-track diplomacy role in the Arusha peace negotiations that led to the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi in 2000. As a third party advocating the inclusion of civil society in the peace process, it subsequently engaged in the promotion of peace, reconciliation and effective governance as well as the facilitation of a National Dialogue on Mechanisms for Transitional Justice. In November 2004, ACCORD established its Legal Aid Clinic Project, supported by the UNHC), to provide the local population, and specifically the returning refugees, with assistance to deal with the challenges faced by both the welcoming communities and the returnees in the repatriation process.

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