Training Unit

At its very conception, ACCORD recognised the centrality of education and training in the pursuit of organisational (civil, government and corporate) transformation, development and peace. ACCORD upholds that it is informed citizens who can transform organisations and society, build security and respond to conflict creatively. The Education and Training Unit of ACCORD makes this its rationale for existence.

The challenges at inter-personal, organisational and inter-state levels have become more complex. These relations are complicated by issues of technology, power relations, access to economic resources, gender, race, ethnicity etc. Complexity brings with it the challenge to resolve multifaceted conflicts.

The Unit was established in 1992 to transfer skills in conflict analysis, conflict management and conflict resolution in Africa. We challenge ourselves to meet ACCORD's distinctive purpose of finding African methodologies to meet the demand for African solutions to African challenges.

Focus of our work

Our training builds capacity by training trainers as well as training interested individuals and groups to work effectively to resolve conflict in their work environments, community organisations, inter-group or inter-state relations:

  • has been conducted nationally and internationally, in urban and rural areas
  • has included decision-makers of the state and leaders of communities
  • takes place in classrooms, boardrooms, in halls of power and the African bush
  • has involved actors across political divides
  • has been collaborative, involving work with United Nation Agencies such as UNIFEM and on behalf on the Organisation of African Unity (OAU)
  • International facilitation

The enthusiastic support of both the UN and the OAU has seen ACCORD well received in countries in Africa. Our non-sectarian standing and our passionate belief that civil society must be strengthened to enact its choice for peace has seen ACCORD commit to training in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and the SADC countries. Training in Northern Ireland, Cypress, Austria, Sweden and Fiji has extended the reach of our work.

National educational interventions

Within South Africa itself, the Unit's work has two components: a Nonprofit component that seeks to increase the conflict resolving capital of community organisations and public sector organisations in society, and the Fee for Service component that involves equipping companies, corporates and private organisations and individuals with conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation skills.

Experiments in methodology

Regular methodology sessions during which staff experiment with, evaluate and share methodologies are conducted. The objective is to test our approaches, research African methodologies and support the various programmes within ACCORD, which all have a training component to their work. This is an ongoing process.

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Training on elections and conflict management for African youth leaders

In the context of the 20th anniversary of peace in South Africa, which coincides with the country's fifth multiparty elections, ACCORD invited aspiring young African leaders to the country as election observers to the elections taking place, additionally training these...

14-05-2014 in Training

ACCORD and partners launch Durban Leadership Initiative

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Application for International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa 2014 - 2015

ACCORD, in partnership with the University of Uppsala's Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Indevelop, a Swedish consulting company working for sustainable social development, have commenced with the fourth edition of the International Training Programme (ITP) on Peace and...

14-01-2014 in Training

ACCORD pushes the envelope in "work integrated learning" curriculum development

For the second time in 2 years, ACCORD participated at an educational conference, this time in Barcelona during the EDULearn 2013 conference. Pushing for new learning, training and knowledge-sharing methods, Dr. da Rocha, Training Unit Coordinator, presented a learning and...

05-07-2013 in Training

Third phase of PASA international training programme begins

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26-06-2013 in Training

ACCORD participates in pilot programme on managing regional and global governance

As a means of creating an effective platform for comprehensive dialogue to tackle regional and global challenges, and to actively shape global agendas, in October the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für...

26-11-2012 in Training

ACCORD facilitates ongoing international training programme to develop African peace and security architecture

ACCORD's Training Unit Coordinator, Pascal da Rocha, has facilitated a three week lecture and mentoring programme on issues relating to peace and security in Africa, in Uppsala, Sweden, as the second phase of an 18-month, 5-phase international training programme to...

06-07-2012 in Training

ACCORD provides expert training in conflict resolution, climate change and environment

ACCORD Senior Trainer Pascal da Rocha has run an experiential and interactive training on methods and tools of conflict resolution for tackling environmental issues of climate change, and river basin management in particular. Based on ACCORD's work on climate change,...

07-06-2012 in Training

ACCORD hosts 4th phase of International Training Programme on Peace and Security

The 'International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa' resumed with phase four, training 27 participants selected from the various Regional Economic Communities in Africa. Following on from phase two, that took place in Uppsala Sweden in October...

04-04-2012 in Training

ACCORD implements major new long-term international training programme to strengthen peace and security architecture in Africa

In October 2011 in Stockholm, ACCORD, in partnership with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Indevelop, a Stockholm-based consultancy group, facilitated a three week lecture series on issues relating to peace and security in Sub-...

20-02-2012 in Training

ACCORD provides high level conflict management training for Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Under the Sudan Conflict Transformation Initiative (SCTI), ACCORD have conducted a high-level conflict management course in South Africa for ambassadors of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Centre for Diplomatic Studies, Khartoum. The initiative is part of ACCORD's...

10-12-2011 in Training

ACCORD enhances capacity development skills for the UN Office to the AU

ACCORD Senior Trainer Pascal da Rocha ran an experiential and interactive Capacity Development workshop for the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) in September. The aim of the workshop was to develop and enhance capacity-building and mentoring skills...

12-10-2011 in Training

ACCORD to provide conflict management training for forestry and natural resources academics in Francophone Africa

In late July 2011, ACCORD is to hold the second in a series of trainings on collaborative negotiation for agro-forestry education institutions in Francophone Africa. Given that natural resource conflicts have emerged as a key issue challenging local, regional, national...

19-07-2011 in Training

ACCORD contributes conflict management skills to curricula development in natural resource management

In February 2011, ACCORD was invited to contribute conflict management expertise to the process of developing new curricula in natural resource management for agro-forestry tertiary education institutions across the continent of Africa. The control and management of natural resources is...

01-03-2011 in Training

Joint South African-German Training Programme for Diplomats from SADC Countries

ACCORD's Executive Director, Vasu Gounden, was invited to be a resource person at the 'Joint South African-German Training Programme for Diplomats from SADC Countries' that ran from 23 November to the 1st of December 2009. The training was organised by...

07-12-2009 in Training

ACCORD at DIRCO diplomatic training, research and analysis conference

ACCORD's Executive Director was invited to be a resource person at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s diplomatic training, research and analysis conference hosted by DIRCO in Pretoria from 05-06 November 2009. The theme for the conference was “Closing...

13-11-2009 in Training

ACCORD contributes to dialogue and mediation workshop in Ethiopia

The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) to be a resource person at a “Capacity Building in Dialogue and Mediation through Experience Sharing” workshop from 3-8 October 2008, in Debre...

09-01-2009 in Training

ACCORD trains Somali Joint Security Committee

The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, conducted a conflict management training for senior members from the Somali Joint Security Committee within the framework of the implementation of the Djibouti agreement. The training was held in Cape Town,...

12-10-2008 in Training