Mediating Peace in Africa: Securing Conflict Prevention

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland held a seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 4 March 2009 on the theme of Mediating Peace in Africa: Securing Conflict Prevention. The seminar brought together policymakers, mediation experts and civil society actors to assist the African Union (AU) to strengthen its mediation and conflict prevention mechanisms within the African peace and security architecture.

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Mediating Land Conflict in Burundi

ACCORD has been active in Burundi since 1995, playing a second-track diplomacy role in the Arusha peace negotiations that led to the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi in 2000. As a third party advocating the inclusion of civil society in the peace process, it subsequently engaged in the promotion of peace, reconciliation and effective governance as well as the facilitation of a National Dialogue on Mechanisms for Transitional Justice. In November 2004, ACCORD established its Legal Aid Clinic Project, supported by the UNHC), to provide the local population, and specifically the returning refugees, with assistance to deal with the challenges faced by both the welcoming communities and the returnees in the repatriation process.

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Make Peace Happen

Strengthening Political Governance for Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

A research report based on the AU High-level Retreat held in Cairo, Egypt, from 4–5 September 2011, organised by the African Union Peace and Security Department in cooperation with the Government of Egypt, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Cairo Regional Centre for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa.

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Edificação da Paz e Democracia em Angola: Desafios e Oportunidades

O Seminário sobre as Lições Identificadas no Programa Nacional para Angola (LIS) teve lugar em Luanda, Angola, de 1 a 2 de Outubro de 2008. O objetivo geral do seminário era criar um foro para a troca de experiências, análise e reflexões pelos vários intervenientes trabalhando em sectores diferentes da edificação da paz em Angola. O seminário destinava-se igualmente a avaliar os processos de edificação da paz e reconciliação que foram implementados em Angola desde o fim da guerra civil em 2002.

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Climate Change and Conflict

Lessons for Conflict Resolution from the Southern Sahel of Sudan

Using a human security perspective, this report identifies and analyses local and international non-governmental organisation (NGO) interventions in cases of conflicts related to the environment and environmental change in the southern Sahel of Sudan. The research was driven by the premise that valuable lessons for addressing conflicts related to the impacts of climate change may be identified from environmental interventions.

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Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict

Towards strengthened partnerships with African member states

A report on the proceedings of the Africa Regional Consultation on Strengthening Partnerships for Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict, held in Pretoria, South Africa from 19–20 July 2012, hosted by the Government of South Africa in collaboration with the United Nations and the African Union, facilitated by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes.

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Building Peace and Democracy in Angola: Challenges and Opportunities

The Angola Country Program Lessons Identified Seminar (LIS) took place in Luanda, Angola, on 01 and 02 October 2008. The overall goal of the seminar was to create a forum for sharing of experiences, analysis, and reflections by various stakeholders working in different sectors of peacebuilding in Angola. The seminar also aimed to evaluate peacebuilding and reconciliation processes that have been implemented in Angola since the end of the civil war in 2002

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Women Transforming Conflicts in Africa

Descriptive Studies from Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan - A Project Report compiled by Kemi Ogunsanya

Occasional Paper Series: Issue 3, 2007

There is evidence of successful efforts to constructively respond to conflict and to undertake transformation, reconstruction and reconciliation in Africa. The inclusion of women as a strategic constituency is central to sustaining and consolidating peace efforts. The involvement of women in post-conflict reconstruction is also critical to the transformation of conflict. The successes of women in conflict transformation efforts in Africa are varied and have not been mirrored in all conflict situations. For example, the gains made by South African women were more pronounced during both the conflict and the immediate post-conflict phase. Sierra Leonean women, on the other hand, were most effective during conflict. In Burundi, women noted gains during conflict and are currently strengthening networks to address the post-conflict challenges. Sudanese women continue to work across ethnic, political and religious lines towards the common goal of peace, while in Côte d’Ivoire women are not recognised in the transitional processes.