ACCORD 30 Year Timeline

1992-2022

  • Vasu Gounden, founder of ACCORD, opens the first ACCORD office at the University of Durban-Westville
  • Founding Board of Trustees: H.E. Ambassador Sibusiso Bengu, Professor Jakes Gerwel, Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, Professor Chabani Manganyi, Professor Jairam Reddy
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1992
  • Opens office at the University of the Western Cape
  • Opens office at Sohnge College in Cape Town
  • Inaugural Africa Peace Award (APA) awarded to the community of Mpumalanga
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1993
  • Training of over 4000 South African and international observers for the first democratic elections in South Africa
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1994
  • APA awarded to President Nelson Mandela
  • Commissioned by UNESCO to draft a report on peace education at universities of Southern Africa
  • Facilitates several Study Tours of South Africa for Burundian stakeholders
  • Appointment of Mrs Graça Machel to ACCORD’s Board of Trustees
  • Launch of Training for Peace in Africa Programme
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1995
  • UN recognises ACCORD’s approach as a viable model for conflict transformation in Africa
  • Receives Freedom of the City and honourary citizenship of KwaMhlanga, Cape Town
  • Book launch: Preventive Diplomacy: Case of Sudan by Francis Deng
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1996
  • APA awarded to the Nation of Mozambique
  • Fact finding mission to Somalia
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1997
  • Launch of the Conflict Trends magazine
  • Awarded presidential recognition for outstanding commitment to the dispute resolution field by the US Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution
  • Hosts first International Peace Research Association Conference in Africa
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1998
  • Launch of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution
  • Organises Exercise Blue Crane (Peacekeeping Exercise for Southern Africa)
  • Moves from the University of Durban Westville to ACCORD House, Durban
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1999
  • APA Awarded to the Nation of Nigeria
  • Provides support to Burundi Peace Talks facilitated by former Presidents Nyerere and Mandela
  • Hosts the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres
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2000
  • Undertakes a series of engagements with Burundi civil society to sensitise about Arusha Peace Agreement
  • Hosts Tanzania seminar on Peace and Development
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2001
  • Co-hosted consultation with Femmes Africa Solidarité and the African Women Committee on Peace and Development resulting in the Durban Declaration on Gender Mainstreaming and the Effective Participation of Women within the AU
  • Provides strategic support to former President Masire at the Inter- Congolese Dialogue in Sun City
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2002
  • Negotiation skills training for Burundi armed movements
  • Opens office in the Republic of Burundi
  • APA awarded to the Children of Africa
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2003
  • Engages the leadership of different political parties in Palestine
  • Launch of Burundi Land Mediation Programme with support from UNHCR
  • Pre-deployment peacekeeping training for the South African National Defence Force contingent of the AU Mission in Burundi
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2004
  • Invited to serve on NEPAD Gender Task Force
  • Requested by UNDPKO to co-host Senior Mission Leaders Course
  • The first African NGO, to address the UN Security Council
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2005
  • Supports AU Peace Support Operations Division in drafting the Civilian Dimension Policy Framework
  • APA awarded to the Nation of Burundi and MoU signed
  • Receives Tombouctou Award for work in gender mainstreaming in Africa
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2006
  • Hosts Women in Dialogue for Peace in Africa Conference
  • Establishment of the African Alliance for Peace in partnership with the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa and the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
  • Appointment of H.E. Ambassador Billy Modise and Mr Josias de Kock to ACCORD’s Board of Trustees
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2007
  • Engages leadership of different political factions in Gaza, Palestine
  • Assists the Government of Burundi to establish National Office for Strategic Studies and Development within the Presidency
  • Signs MoU with the Republic of Liberia
  • 10th anniversary of Conflict Trends magazine
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2008
  • Initiates interactions with different parties to the conflict in Madagascar
  • Appointed President of the African Peacekeeping Training Centres Association
  • Conducts observer mission during the South African elections
  • 10th anniversary of African Journal on Conflict Resolution
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2009
  • APA awarded to the Nation of Sierra Leone and MoU signed
  • Co-hosts 1st Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Hosts Seminar on UN Resolution 1325
  • Signs MoU with the Government of the Republic of Sudan
  • One of the Top Ten Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa
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2010
  • Co-hosts 2nd Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Signs MoU with the Government of the Republic of South Sudan
  • Launch of Peace and Security in Africa (PASA) training programme in partnership with Uppsala University and InDevelop
  • Produces Civil Affairs Handbook for UNDPKO and Mediation Support
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2011
  • Co-hosts 3rd Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Opens office in the Republic of South Sudan
  • APA awarded to the Nation of Ghana
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2012
ACCORD trains South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission and Special Parliamentary Committee on Peace and Reconciliation in conflict analysis and mediation
  • Co-hosts 4th Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Signs a MoU with AMISOM
  • Signs MoU with the Government of the Central African Republic
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2013
  • Co-hosts 5th Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace
  • Hosts a High Level IGAD Mediators Retreat in collaboration with UNDP and IGAD
  • Served as secretariat for the Special Committee on Social Cohesion, South Africa
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2014
ACCORD TfP strengthens the UN Secretary-Generals initiative for attracting and retaining senior female leaders
  • Co-hosts 6th Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Signs MoU with IGAD
  • Served as Secretariat for the Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal
  • APA Awarded to the African Union Commission
  • Signs MoU with COMESA
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2015
  • Hosts 1st IGAD High level Retreat on Mediation
  • Co-hosts 7th Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Co-hosts the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s Annual Conference
  • Co-hosts the Africa Regional Consultation on the UN General Assembly’s Debate on Peace and Security
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2016
  • Co-hosts 8th Annual AU High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators
  • Co-hosts 2nd IGAD High level Retreat on Mediation
  • Hosts the 2nd High-Level Expert Group Meeting in partnership with the UN Special Advisor on Africa
  • 8th consecutive year recognised as one of the Top Ten Think Tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa
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2017
  • Signed a MoU with the South African Military Ombud
  • Opened an office in Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Global Peace is launched by President Ramaphosa and Mrs Graca Machel at BRICS Summit
  • 20th Anniversary of Conflict Trends Magazine
  • Ranked for 9th consecutive year in the top 100 Think Tanks globally
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2018
  • Signed MoU’s with: the Commonwealth Youth Council; Junior Chamber International; the World Federation of United Nations Associations; All Africa Students Union; the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); the European Students Union; and the SGD Action Campaign
  • Handed over a Global Peace Declaration of Intent to the UN Under-Secretary-General leading the UN75 campaign
  • 1st Global Peace Inter-Generational Dialogue held in Accra, Ghana
  • 20th Anniversary of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution (AJCR)
  • Contributed to the drafting of the AU’s Senior Mission Leaders (SMLs) Training Guide
  • Ranked for 10th consecutive year in the top 100 Think Tanks globally
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2019
  • Signed MoU’s with: the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA); the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; United Cities and Local Government (UCLG)-Africa; the Millennials Movement; the Office of the AU’s Special Envoy on Youth; and the Liberia Peacebuilding Office
  • Appointed as Inaugural Board Member to the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA)
  • Launched the Women and Youth Dialogue webinars series
  • The TfP Programme celebrated its 25th Anniversary
  • Launched the COVID-19 Conflict and Resilience Monitor
  • Undertook the African consultation for the 2020 UN Peacebuilding Architecture Review
  • Burundi Country Office closes after 17 years
  • Ranked for 11th consecutive year in the top 100 Think Tanks globally
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2020
  • Signed MoU’s with: the UN Foundation and Igarape on Our Common Agenda initiative; and an updated MoU with ECCAS
  • Launched the Futures Forum
  • Launched Coffee with ACCORD Video Podcast Series
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2021
2022

ACCORD CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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