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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 12 November 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor

In this week’s Monitor the focus is on the First African Union Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Awareness Week, that is taking place from 7-13 November 2021. The African Union Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (AU-PCRD) Policy, which was adopted in Banjul, The Gambia, in July 2006 by the AU Assembly, is a distillation of provisions from its main legal frameworks on peace and security for mobilising support for Member States engaged in PCRD. The core objective of the PCRD Policy framework is to improve timeliness, effectiveness and coordination of activities in post-conflict countries and to lay the foundation for social justice and sustainable peace.

In the first article Sandra Adong Oder reflects on the AU’s PCRD activities and experiences in the Central African Republic, the Lake Chad region, The Gambia, and Somalia. One of the lessons that have emerged from these experiences is that deliberate efforts to ensure coordination and coherence during the deployment of PCRD initiatives are crucial for effective peacebuilding. 

In the second article, Dr. Philip Attuquayefio argues that for conflict-affected areas, COVID-19 interventions can offer a silver lining for sustaining PCRD initiatives. Such interventions can, amongst others, contribute to deepen the social contract and strengthen the public trust.

In the second part of this edition of the Monitor we shift our focus to what Africa needs from, and can contribute to the COP26, which is concluding this week in Glasgow. In our third article, Yero Baldeh and Al Hamdou Dorsouma, who are both with the African Development Bank, reflect on COP26 from an African perspective, and look forward to COP27 that will be hosted by Egypt.

And in our final article, Dr Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, considers what a successful COP26 would look like for Kenya and Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Addressing what states do upon the cessation of hostilities to prevent relapses into violent conflict is central to post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD). Consequently, rebuilding infrastructure, political and social institutions, demobilising, disarming and reintegrating ex-combatants and generally creating conditions for recovery and resilience in conflict-affected states have been part of the broader goals of sustaining peace in the world.

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The outbreak of COVID 19 has not only exposed the vulnerabilities of many countries, but has in some cases exacerbated existing fault lines yielding conflictual outcomes that might take many years to address. While life is far from returning to normal, reasonable advances in the management of the pandemic, including the deployment of vaccines, appears to have instigated considerations of a post-COVID-19 World Order. 

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COP26: an African perspective

  • Yero Baldeh
  • Al-Hamndou Dorsouma

The world is currently gathering in Glasgow, United Kingdom for the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) with its ambitious objective of uniting the world to tackle climate change. The African Development Bank Group (the Bank) leverages on its participation to amplify Africa’s voice and priorities on climate change and to foster inclusive climate resilience.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

What a successful COP-26 would look like

  • Martin Kimani

COP26 is being held in the context of a global pandemic, which in a way rarely matched in the last 75 years, highlights the shortcomings of the multilateral system. Solidarity and enlightened self-interest have essentially faltered in responding to a pandemic that requires a worldwide response if populations anywhere are to be truly safe.

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