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Our Vision

Promoting dialogue towards building peaceful coexistence in an interdependent world

Our Mission

ACCORD seeks to encourage and promote the constructive resolution of disputes, by the peoples of Africa, and so assist in achieving political stability and socio-economic recovery, within just and democratic societies, towards peaceful co-existence

Our Objectives

How we effect change in the world.

30 Year Celebration

ACCORD’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs Graca Machel, hosted a banquet dinner on  13 November 2022 at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), in Durban, South Africa, in celebration of ACCORD’s contribution to peace and security over the past three decades, as well as its vision for the future.

Read the speeches:


President Ramaphosa

President of South Africa
Vasu Gounden

Adv. Vasu Gounden

Founder & Executive Director, ACCORD

Ms. Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Premier of KwaZulu-Natal
Catherine Samba Panza

H.E Madam Samba

Co-Chair of FemWise Africa & Former President of the Central Africa Republic

H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye

Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union

H.E. Yvette Ngandu

Commissioner, Gender, Human and Social Development, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC)
Diana Paul Chando

Diana Paul Chando

African Union Youth Ambassador

Medium Term Strategies

See below ACCORD's five year strategic foci over the last 30 years since its inception in 1992, as the institution adapts its response to the changing conflict environment on the Continent and beyond.


Popularising Conflict Resolution: Building a new culture

Aim: To influence the paradigm shift from protest politics to negotiation politics


Institutionalising conflict resolution: Building systems, structures and capacity

Aim: To build African capacity for the peaceful settlement of disputes and to influence the shape of governance in Africa


Expanding conflict management for effective Governance

Aim: To link conflict management to effective political and economic governance by strengthening existing responses to conflict and developing new and innovative approaches


Encouraging and consolidating dialogue towards the prevention, management and transformation of conflict

Aim: To affect a paradigm shift towards dialogue


Promoting the peaceful settlement of political conflicts

Aim: To influence the paradigm shift from armed and military responses to political dialogue


Mitigating Conflict

Aim: To strengthen institutional and individual capacities and responses in Africa to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict, towards building sustainable peace, security and development

Enhancing Multi-dimensional Approaches to Complex Conflicts

Aim: To enhance collaboration and coordination towards improving the effectiveness of responses to increasingly complex conflicts


ACCORD’s Strategic Objectives

2022 – 2026

Enhancing the Institutional responses of the AU and RECs to complex conflicts

Strengthening the role of multi-dimensional stakeholders to deal with complex conflicts

Enhancing the role of women to prevent, mitigate and resolve complex conflicts

Enhancing the role of youth to prevent, mitigate and resolve complex conflicts

Contributing evidence based analysis, policy support and knowledge to respond to complex conflicts

ACCORD 30 Year Timeline: 1992-2022

See a detailed timeline of highlights from ACCORD's work over the last 30 years.