Abyei: From a Shared Past to a Contested Future

Policy and Practice Brief 7

The Sudanese region of Abyei currently sits at the centre of a conflict between the north and south of what was Africa’s largest state.While analysts have described the situation in Abyei as “an intractable conflict”, this policy brief examines the current impasse, its historical context and the options available for breaking the deadlock and forestalling further conflict.

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A Regional Approach to Peacebuilding

The Mano River Region

Policy and Practice Brief 6

Contemporary conflict creates a web of interlocking conflicts involving the transfer of populations, arms, armies, finances, and conflict goods across increasingly porous borders. This Policy and Practice Brief emanates from the Mano River Region: Peacebuilding Challenges, Prospects and Interventions workshop hosted by ACCORD’s African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), in Monrovia, Liberia, on 27-29 October, 2010.

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It’s not just Xenophobia

Factors that lead to violent attacks on foreigners in South Africa and the role of the government

Policy and Practice Brief 5

This Policy and Practice Brief examines the trend of burgeoning xenophobia in South Africa and suggests what could be done to contribute to its eradication.

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Beyond the signature

Appraisal of the Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement (GPA) and Implications for Interventions

Policy and Practice Brief 4

This Policy and Practice Brief assesses the outcomes of the GPA, appraises the performance of the Government of National Unity and examines the implications of the Zimbabwe situation on sustainable peace in Southern Africa. It makes proposals and recommendations for action that could be taken by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), GPA principals, civil society and the international community towards addressing the current political stalemate in Zimbabwe.

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Mediating to Governments of National Unity

A conflict transformative approach

Policy and Practice Brief 3

This brief provides insights into the spate of Governments of National Unity (GNU) emerging in Africa and recommends actions towards sustainable conflict transformation..

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Who said it was simple?

Implementing 1325

Policy and Practice Brief 2

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights into UN Resolution 1325, and impact of conflict and violence on women. It forms part of ACCORD’s knowledge production work to inform peace.

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Strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence

Considerations for policy

Policy and Practice Brief 1

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights for policymakers regarding strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence. It forms part of ACCORD’s research and interventions on elections and violence. Our work seeks to inform interventions by governments and civil society and assist to prevent and manage electoral violence.

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Conflict Trends 2014/4

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/3

"The year 2014 has been challenging for peace and security on the African continent. Asymmetric warfare and armed insurgency pervades northern Nigeria, northern Mali and the Kenya-Somalia border region. Failure to swiftly resolve South Sudan’s internal armed conflict, approaching a full year in December, has sent destabilising reverberations throughout the Horn of Africa. The continued breakdown of civic, political and economic institutions in the Central African Republic and Libya heightens the potential for long-term social fragmentation in these resource-rich countries. The Ebola outbreak, which has now killed over 5600 people and cost millions of dollars in lost gross domestic product (GDP), threatens to unravel decades of progress in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction across West Africa....

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Conflict Trends 2014/3

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/3

"The abduction of over 250 young schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State in Nigeria this past April, and the killing of Yazidi men and the abduction of their women and children in August this year, sent shockwaves throughout the world. Viewed in isolation, these reprehensible acts stand out for their symbolism and magnitude, as well as for the swift and universal condemnation towards previously barely known groups, such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Viewed within the context of current conflict dynamics throughout Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia, however, the Chibok abductions and Yazidi killings and kidnappings constitute perhaps the most glaring evidence that we are once again transitioning to asymmetrical conflict and warfare....

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Conflict Trends 2014/2

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/2

"The holistic approach to managing conflict in post- conflict environments, as reflected in the contribution of multidimensional peacekeeping operations, ensures that peace and security activities are aligned with political, governance, democratisation and socio-economic development objectives to address the larger development agenda, and thus also the root causes of conflict. The holistic approach also involves a myriad of actors in the mission (military, police and civilians), and besides the peacekeeping operation, includes state and non-state actors, both local and international – such as non-governmental organisations and the humanitarian community...

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