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Issue No: 19/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 26 August 2020

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

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

This week’s Monitor is a special edition on COVID-19 and peacebuilding. Our feature article is by Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding in the United Nations (UN) Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. He writes about how the peacebuilding work of the UN and others have been affected by COVID-19, and how peacebuilding contributes to strengthening the resilience that communities and societies need to overcome the pandemic.

ACCORD, together with the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the African Union Commission, organised an African consultation for the 2020 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture, and Cedric de Coning and Nontobeko Gcabashe provide a summary of the recommendations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edward Mulbah shares the findings of a COVID-19 Community Resilience and Conflict Sensitivity Monitoring assessment that the Liberian Peacebuilding Office (PBO) undertook in July, and Edouard Cishahayo provides an overview of a youth peacebuilding project launched by ACCORD in the Central African Republic. Both of these initiatives are supported by the UN Peace Building Fund.

In the final contribution to this week’s special edition Andreas Hirblinger and Elin Berg reflect on the role that innovative digital solutions can play in strengthening societal resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
UN Photo/Isaac Billy
UN Photo/Isaac Billy
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

Peacebuilding during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Oscar Fernández-Taranco

The UN is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great global disruption, as a result of an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic, social and political impacts. Will we emerge stronger, more inclusive and better equipped to withstand shocks? Or will distrust and isolation grow further?

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UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Cedric de Coning
Nontobeko Gcabashe
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Implications of COVID-19 for the 2020 review of UN peacebuilding

  • Cedric de Coning
  • Nontobeko Gcabashe

The 2020 UN peacebuilding review was tasked to take stock of the progress made over the first 15 years of the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture. Over the last few months, almost all peacebuilding initiatives and programmes have been affected by the measures introduced to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The downstream effects of the pandemic are likely to continue to have an impact on peacebuilding, and especially its financing, for at least the next 12 to 24 months.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: Worldometer & Trading Economics
Edward K Mulbah
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COVID-19-related conflict drivers and resilience mechanisms in Liberia

  • Edward K. Mulbah

The Liberian Peacebuilding Office undertook a COVID-19 Community Resilience and Conflict Sensitivity Monitoring assessment in July. The assessment conducted revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the drivers of conflict and other early warning conflict factors across the country. In addition, the COVID-19 community conflict-mapping assessment has confirmed and further uncovered emerging conflict drivers – which, if not addressed in the short term, will undermine the fragile peace and the government’s response to COVID-19 emergency health efforts.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: Worldometer, MSF & Trading Economics
Samah Osman
Edouard Cishahayo
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Youth agency and peacebuilding in the Central African Republic (CAR)

  • Samah Osman
  • Édouard Cishahayo

Some 60% of CAR’s population is estimated to be under the age of 24. Despite their significant numbers, the youth remain largely under-represented and excluded as partners in decision-making processes, and their contributions to peace are often overlooked. Capitalising on the momentum following the signing of the peace agreement, with funding from the UN Peace Building Fund, ACCORD launched a project titled ‘Towards Youth Inclusive and Gendered Peace Processes in the Central African Republic’.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Andreas Hirblinger
Elin Berg
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Pandemic peacebuilding: how to leverage digitalisation for societal resilience in Africa

  • Andreas Hirblinger
  • Elin Berg

As a response to the ongoing health crisis, innovative digital solutions are necessary to help us adapt to the ‘new normal’ − and peacebuilding is no exception. While the African continent is often portrayed as the least ‘connected’ part of the world, its responses to COVID-19 demonstrate the potential for home-grown digital innovation that can strengthen societal resilience. But how can this potential be harnessed by peacebuilders to make sure that their efforts support digital self-organisation, rather than hinder it?

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