The African Union Panel of the Wise

Strengthening relations with similar regional mechanisms

The African Union (AU) convened an inaugural High Level Retreat of the AU Panel of
the Wise (AU PW) where the continental body brought together its Panel of the Wise and similar regional mechanisms in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 4 and 5
June 2012. The retreat was convened by the African Union Peace and Security
Department (AU PSD), in collaboration with the African Centre for the
Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

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The African Union 2013 Golden Jubilee Report

50 years of peacemaking in Africa – a critical retrospective of OAU/AU peacemaking

The African Union 2013 Golden Jubilee Report

The Fourth African Union (AU) High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 29 and 30 October 2013 under the theme '50 Years of peacemaking in Africa: A critical retrospective of OAU/AU peacemaking'. The objective of hosting the retreat was to provide a platform through which to foster greater understanding among stakeholders of the dynamics of mediation and conflict transformation in Africa, and to reflect on the AU's Agenda 2063 and other related peace and security priorities.

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The 2009 Kwazulu-Natal Election

Based on its mandate from the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, ACCORD, in collaboration with its African Alliance for Peace (AfAP) partners, the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa (NPI-Africa) and the West Africa Network for Peace (WANEP), undertook to contribute towards creating a climate for peaceful, free and fair elections. This report examines electoral related intimidation and violence during the 2009 provincial election and is based on the findings of the AfAP observer teams.

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

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

According to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s 2011 report titled ‘Civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict’ (United Nations 2011a) it is clear that countries emerging from conflict are typically confronted with a wide range of urgent demands to build and sustain peace; yet they often also face a critical shortage of capacity to attend to priority needs quickly and effectively.

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Resolution 1325 in 2020: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Women play multiple roles in conflict and post-conflict situations, and these roles extend well beyond those of caregivers and victims. As such, it becomes crucially important to promote women's agency and build on their potential in peace processes by including them in all levels of participation – including in peacekeeping; negotiations; mediation; socio-economic reconstruction; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) processes...

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Peace Agreements and Durable Peace in Africa

ACCORD held a workshop in Durban, South Africa on 14 and 15 September 2009 on ‘Peace Agreements and Durable Peace in Africa’. The aim was to evaluate the democratisation and developmental components of African peace agreements in the light of objectives for ‘durable’ or ‘positive’ peace. Among the questions posed were: which components of peace agreements further the goals of democratisation and development, and do these components facilitate or impair possibilities for ‘durable’ peace?

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Natural Resources, the Environment and Conflict

This report emanates from an exploratory study conducted in 2009 by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation. With a focus on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, the study solicited views and perspectives on the role that natural resources and the environment can play in complex conflict situations

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