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COVID-19 & Conflict

ACCORD has rapidly adapted to the new COVID-19 reality and has refocused and restructured a significant proportion of its staff and effort on identifying & monitoring, tracking & analysing, and preparing & responding to COVID-19 related social unrest and violent conflict in Africa.

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ACCORD’s focus on COVID-19

ACCORD has adapted to the new COVID-19 reality, refocusing and restructuring a significant proportion of its staff and its effort on identifying & monitoringtracking &, analysing, and preparing & responding to COVID-19 related social-unrest and violent conflict in Africa.

Through our networks across Africa, and supported by available online data, ACCORD identifies COVID-19 related incidents and trends that may provide early warning of rising tensions that could develop into social unrest and violent conflict. Once the incidents are captured in the dataset, ACCORD analyses the trends and publishes a weekly COVID-19 Africa Conflict and Resilience Monitor, in order to share the information and analysis with all stakeholders.

ACCORD then works with its in-country networks and other local, regional, continental and international partners and stakeholders, to encourage and support interventions aimed at mitigating, and where possible preventing, COVID-19 related social unrest and violent conflict.

Conflict & Resilience Monitor

13 Apr 2022

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In this month’s Monitor we cover a range of thematic topics, as well as country or regional situations. We start with Ambassador Mathu Joyini, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, who reflects on the recently concluded 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 

Next Dr. Craig Moffat looks at the war in Ukraine and the challenges and opportunities it poses for African countries. From Ukraine, we turn to South Sudan; Dr. Moses John analyses the latest agreement to unify the security command structures. Staying with South Sudan, Dr. Andrew E. Yaw Tchie, Anne Funnemark and Katongo Seyuba look at how South Sudan is adapting to climate change and its implications for peace and security. Staying partly with climate change, we then shift focus to the Lake Chad Basin where Dr. Modesta Alozie and Dr. Chika Charles Aniekwe asks if and how the Governors’ Forum can help to address the challenges posed by climate change, weak governance, marginalisation, and conflict in the region.  

Our last two contributions both deal with leadership. Mubanga Lumpa writes about the contribution of the late President Banda to democracy in Zambia. And Katharine Bebington reflects on the various options for dialogue and prospects for peace in Eswatini.  

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Feature Articles

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

  • Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo

The construction of the community of destiny passes by the emergence and the formatting of a community citizenship which does not go without strong moments of awareness. The day of regional integration is given to us to revive, stimulate and develop this awareness of our belonging and community destiny within the Community that forms the eleven Member States of ECCAS.

19 Nov 2021

Establishment of an ECCAS Youth Volunteer Corps to strengthen regional solidarity, regional integration and development

  • Kapinga Yvette Ngandu

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has decided to establish a Corps of Young Volunteers dedicated to work towards regional integration and development.

19 Nov 2021

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.

19 Nov 2021

Trust between citizens & institutions

Domestic & Gender-Based Violence

Criminal related incidents

Political unrest or violence

Stigmatisation & discrimination

Cross-border / inter-state tensions

Livelihood insecurity & economic impact

An introduction to Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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ACCORD is an African based global conflict management institution and think tank with nearly 30 years of experience.

The COVID-19 crisis had disrupted ACCORD’s usual work, but the Institution has rapidly adapted and it has now refocused and restructured a significant proportion of its staff and effort on identifying & monitoring, tracking &, analysing and responding to the COVID-19 related social-unrest and violent conflict in Africa.

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