Southern Africa Consultation on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council

South Africa's Cooperation and Support to Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is one of the main pillars of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) established in 2004. In 2014 the PSC commemorates its 10th anniversary. During the past decade, Africa has made significant strides in preventing, containing and resolving conflicts across the continent. However, there is no gainsaying that during this decade of the PSC’s existence, Africa has been confronted with several inter- and intra-state peace and security challenges.

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Playing for Peace

Following South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, ACCORD's special edition magazine takes a unique look at how football is instrumental in bringing peace, unity and development in Africa.

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Perspectives of African Non-State Actors on the Work of the PSC

In line with Article 20 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) the PSC has taken steps to ‘... encourage non-governmental organizations to participate actively in the efforts aimed at promoting peace, security and stability in Africa’. It is against this backdrop that the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, the Tripoli Declaration, the Tripoli Plan of Action, the Maseru Conclusions and the Livingstone Formula are instructive.

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Opportunity or Threat

The Engagement of Youth in African Societies

Africa Dialogue Monograph Series No. 1/2012

The greatest asset of any nation is its youth. The African Youth Charter defines a youth as a person between the ages of 15 and 35 years. In his address at the 17th Ordinary African Union Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 23 June– 1 July 2011, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, stated that "... if youth make up 40% of the population, and people under the age of 35 make up over 65% of the entire population of the continent, then 65% of the continent's resources should be allocated to this age group".

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Integrating Traditional and Modern Conflict Resolution

Experiences from selected cases in Eastern and the Horn of Africa

Africa Dialogue Monograph Series No. 2/2012

Contemporary Africa is faced with the reality of numerous evolving states that have to grapple with the inevitability of conflict. On their own, the fledgling institutions in these states cannot cope with the huge demands unleashed by everyday conflict. It is within this context that the complementarity between traditional institutions and the modern state becomes not only observable but also imperative.

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The Conflict Management Work of the Civil Affairs Division of UNMIS

Since the establishment of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in 2005, the Civil Affairs Division (CAD) has gained considerable field experience with local-level conflict management in the complex conflict environment in Southern Sudan and the Three Areas. In this context, CAD commissioned in 2010 an assessment of its conflict management experience, including developing recommendations for CAD’s future conflict management work, in a post-referendum mission.

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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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