ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook

Edited by Cedric de Coning & Gustavo de Carvalho

The ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook has been developed by ACCORD, through its African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), with financial support from the Government of Finland. This Handbook is expected to give a broad-based introduction to various aspects of peacebuilding, with its methodology building on ACCORD's cumulative experience in conflict management, training, policy, and research in Africa.

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Conversations with Ahtisaari

By Vasu Gounden


Conversations with Ahtisaari is a small tribute to a great mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, and his steadfast commitment to peace throughout the world. From Namibia to Kosovo, the 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate and former president of Finland has played an indispensible role in nurturing peaceful resolutions to many of our era’s most complex crises.

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Coexistence Report

Views & Visions of Coexistence in South Africa


This project was jointly undertaken by the Durban-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the New York-based Coexistence Initiative. The main objective was to elicit local understandings and articulations of coexistence in South Africa. The idea was to select a few situations where violent conflict had been replaced by peaceful coexistence, and to learn from what the people could share about their experiences.

Civil-Military Coordination in UN & Africa Peace Operations

By Cedric de Coning

Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) provides the interface between the military component and the political, humanitarian, development, human rights and rule of law dimensions of complex peace operations. Such coordination is crucial if a complex peace operation is to have a holistic or system-wide impact on the conflict system it is attempting to transform. CIMIC Officers are trained to understand humanitarian principles and practices so that they can facilitate the coordination of the military-humanitarian interface, and ensure that any military support offered is complementary to the humanitarian agenda.

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Conflict Resolution Wisdom From Africa

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.

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Picking up the pieces

Liberia’s peacebuilding efforts post-Ebola

Policy & Practice Brief 35

Liberia is at a critical juncture in terms of its ability to maintain its hard-won peace and ensure that its reconciliation and sustainable development efforts are not derailed. The West African country, with a population of 3.124 million,1 celebrated ten years of peace in 2013, following brutal civil war (1989−97 and 1999−2003) that resulted in the loss of over 200 000 lives, displacement of over one million people,2 destruction of livelihoods and paralysis of governance structures...

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Then and now

How the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture is meeting its mandates

Policy & Practice Brief 34

Since its creation in 2005, the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA) has scored some successes in terms of increasing opportunities for financing of peacebuilding efforts and working with governments in this area. However, the broad view by many in the peacebuilding community is that the PBA has failed to live up to its mandate and the expectations peacebuilding actors had of it when it was endorsed at the 2005 World Summit...

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Nigeria’s 2015 general elections

Challenges and opportunities

Policy & Practice Brief 33

Concerns about Nigeria's ability to hold a peaceful general election in 2015 have characterised the work of governance, peace and security sector practitioners and policymakers for some time now. The prevailing discourse emanating from Nigerian and international actors alike predominantly focuses on the actions (and inaction) of major stakeholders, including Nigeria's ruling and opposition political parties, mass media and civil society, and the international community...

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On the future Africa wants

The Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Policy & Practice Brief 32

In many ways, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (2000–15) focused the world’s attention on the global challenge of development. While progress produced prosperity in the West and, more recently, parts of the East, it caused underdevelopment and poverty for the rest of the world. However, as 2015 – when the MDGs will lapse – approaches, there is growing realisation of how poorly MDG interventions were implemented, and the negative ramifications of this on Africa.

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