Charles Nyuykonge is a Senior Researcher in the Knowledge Production Department (KPD). In this position, Nyuykonge provides substantive support to KPD’s research priorities and undertakes in-depth field and desktop studies on peace and security challenges in Africa with a view to providing policy guidance aimed at enhancing peace processes in Africa. Nyuykonge also works closely with ACCORD’s Peacebuilding Unit (PBU) in identifying opportunities for peacebuilding projects and expanding the outreach of the PBU to further ACCORD’s vision, mission and objectives.
Prior to joining ACCORD, Nyuykonge worked as a Human Rights Observer for the African Union Mission in Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) previously called the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). In this position, he gathered and documented violations of international humanitarian law principles by armed forces during the 2012 Mali secessionist crises which resulted in the instability of the country. Nyuykonge has also been a lecturer of human rights, international relations and political studies at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Zululand (South Africa). He has also served as a Senior Consultant for the African Union Peace and Security Programme at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa where he conducted independent research on peace and security challenges confronting the African continent and employed lessons learnt from previous conflict resolution attempts to craft indigenous strategies of resolving conflicts; these continue to inform the African Union’s perspective on conflict resolution today. Nyuykonge is occasionally invited to facilitate dialogue and mediation trainings for senior professionals at institutions such as the South African Diplomatic Academy (2010), the South African Local Government Association (2011), and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (2012) based in Accra, Ghana. He has served as an election observer in Cameroon and Mali.
At ACCORD, Nyuykonge is particularly interested in conflict prevention and management strategies, dialogue and mediation, human security, transitional justice, and democratic governance. With a keen interest in understanding triggers of transnational crimes such as terrorism, Nyuykonge also participates in international peacebuilding events where he provides insights into conflict resolution strategies and perspectives from the Global South.
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