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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 22 October 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

For this week’s monitor we have two feature articles. The first of our feature articles is from Kapinga Yvette Ngandu, the Commissioner for Gender, Human and Social Development in the Economic Commission for Central African States. She writes about the significance of the African Union’s decision to launch the Luanda Biennial as one of the efforts to foster a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa. Her article therefore, touches on the role that Regional Economic Communities should play in fostering a culture of peace and non-violence.

Our second feature article is by Boemo Mmandu Sekgoma, the Secretary-General of the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum, who reflects on the important role that parliaments can play in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 and on some of the Forum’s efforts in this regard. 

Finally, we end this week’s monitor with an article by Mongi Henda who is an independent researcher based in Germany.  Henda writes about South Africa’s border control policies, and the impact the latest changes to the laws governing the country’s borders may have on attitudes to migration and social cohesion in South Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Value of Fostering a Culture of Peace and Non-violence

  • Kapinga Yvette Ngandu

In the aftermath of the socio-political upheavals of the end of the last century, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) quickly took a stand and declared in unison the need to work for the development of peace, stability and non-violence. To eradicate, on the continent, the rampant insecurity by land, sea and, sometimes, by air; to put an end to feelings of deprivation of liberty, continental ill-being and historical injustices, the Heads of State and Government have adopted Agenda 2063.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Role of Parliamentarians in the fight against COVID-19

  • Boemo Sekgoma

The COVID-19 outbreak across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region represents a significant threat to public health and to human and social development in general. The pandemic started as a health crisis in early 2020 but quickly expanded into a financial and economic crisis which culminated in far-reaching ramifications for the socio-economic life, livelihoods and safety of SADC’s citizens.

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Cross-border / Inter-State tensions

Regional Migration and the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa

  • Mongi Henda

In 2020, the government of South Africa announced a new Border Management Act that introduces a single authority to oversee the border environment, and it has also amended the Refugee Act. These steps have raised concerns among those working to counter xenophobia and to prevent violence towards foreign nationals.

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