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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 19 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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In this week’s monitor, we feature a number of articles focusing on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). We start with an article by the President of the ECCAS Commission, Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo, who writes about the Commission’s theme for the year: ECCAS at the crossroads: Passing and taking up the baton of regional integration.

Our second article is about the ECCAS Youth Volunteer Corps. Kapinga Yvette Nganda, the ECCAS Commissioner for Gender, Human and Social Development, explains the origins and aims of the Youth Volunteer Corps and reflects on the importance of the youth and volunteerism. 

Our third article is about the ECCAS Regional Network of Women Mediators. Kapinga Yvette Nganda writes her second article about how this network will provide a voice for women and raise awareness among policy and decision makers to accelerate the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Our final article is by David Ossene, the Director, Education, Culture and Scientific Research of ECCAS, and he explains why the Commission has launched a competition to find an anthem and moto that can serve as symbols for the value of regional integration in Central Africa.

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Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

ECCAS at 38: Passing and taking up the baton of regional integration

  • Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo

There are moments of great weight in the history and life of every human community. These moments, which mobilise and challenge both our emotions and our intelligence, often become the crucible for the production of meaning. At the time when the ECCAS Commission is celebrating its 38th anniversary, I have the impression of living one of these moments generating a new historical content and indicators of a new direction for all. 

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Taking into account the demographic dividend represented by our youth, we have a responsibility to history to develop strategies and policies that take into account the individual and collective aspirations of young people. In fact, out of a population of about 200 million in Central Africa, more than 60% are under 25 years of age. This is indicative of a huge demographic dividend, which increasingly aspires to a better life and to assert itself, and which deserves great attention.

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Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Network of ECCAS Women Mediators in Central Africa

  • Kapinga Yvette Ngandu

In order to strengthen cooperation in the area of peace and security, the Central African Peace and Security Council (COPAX), was created in 2004 not only to deploy military and civilian missions but also to participate in mediation in crisis situations in the sub-region. In this context, and to promote an inclusive mediation approach in Central Africa, ECCAS is setting up an ECCAS Regional Network of Women Mediators which aims at strengthening the role of women in mediation and conflict prevention.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Regional Resilience draws its strength from Shared Values and Symbols

  • David Ossene

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has launched a competition for finding an anthem and a motto for the Commission.  This will help to finalise the reform of ECCAS which is aimed at the acceleration of the integrating agenda based on clearly identified shared values, around unifying regional symbols.

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