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.

ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor

8 July 2020

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

In this week’s Monitor, we focus on resilience and the role that the African Union and national and international peacebuilding plays in strengthening social cohesion and community resilience. 

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, one of the members of the board of trustees of the recently formed African Union COVID-19 Response Fund, leads this week’s Monitor with an overview of the work, objectives and importance of this initiative in Africa’s collective efforts to curb the spread and minimise the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus. 

James Henry Murray follows with a think piece on how public trust in governance and institutions has emerged as an important element that determines the resilience of societies to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marisha Ramdeen notes an increase in COVID-19-related social and political protests, especially in the health, education, politics and service delivery sectors, and suggests that this will be one of the categories to watch in the upcoming months.

Lastly, Cedric de Coning considers the impact of COVID-19 on peacebuilding to date. He suggests that in future, we will travel less and use more digital means to communicate and collaborate. However, the most positive change, accelerated by COVID-19, is a shift to national and local capacities for peace.

Feature Articles


African solidarity to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent

  • Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu provides an overview of the AU COVID-19 Response Fund

3 Jul 2020
Aya Chebbi

The fears and hopes of African youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Aya Chebbi

It has been more than 130 days since the first reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa. When many were still trying to comprehend the outbreak of COVID-19, at the African Union (AU) we immediately adopted the ‘new normal’. The 13 consultations we convened with over 400 youth from 42 African countries were eye-opening on both the challenges and innovations by African youth in fighting the virus.

1 Jul 2020

The military value-add in situations of crisis: the case of COVID-19

  • Monica Juma

The breakout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) set in motion one of the most devastating global crises of our time. While COVID-19 started as a health crisis, the pandemic quickly morphed into a society-wide strategic, security and social economic crisis of monumental proportions.

24 Jun 2020

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

COVID-19 Making its Mark

We have chosen red to be the mark of COVID-19. All content related to the emergency will be tagged with this colour to promote visibility, and signal importance.

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ACCORD is an African based global conflict management institution and think tank with 28 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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