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.
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 & monitoring, tracking &, 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.
COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
13 Oct 2021
We begin this week’s monitor with a Feature Piece by ACCORD’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Madam Graca Machel. Madam Machel writes about the need for change in South African society in order to bring an end to gender based violence experienced by South African girls and women. This is followed by an article from Chika Charles Aniekwe and Malik Samuel. They write about the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin and current challenges facing the region, particularly the threats posed by the violent extremists operating the region.
Finally, we end off this week’s monitor with a piece by Golda Keng, Prof Charles Ukeje and Dr Rhuks Ako. The authors write about the impact that COVID-19 has had on the youth and resilience that young people in Africa have shown in the face of the pandemic.
For the sake of our children and youth: Let us build safer and more harmonious post-COVID-19 societies
Children are under siege in South Africa, and we are exposing our glaring failures to them; in schools, and in the homes where they are supposed to find sanctuary and be the safest, adolescent girls of all ages are victims of unspeakable violence.
In relation to COVID-19 and its impact, particularly in Kenya, what we are seeing is really a manifestation of what is happening throughout the world. We need to use COVID-19 as a huge wakeup call and call on the solidarity of the youth.
The outbreak of COVID -19 and the ferocity with which it has spread across the world imposes the need for an equally formidable response to safeguard not only public health, but also democracy. This is in view of the fact that the magnitude of this global health crisis could topple democratic institutions and offer a glamorous appeasement to governments to use emergency powers to inhibit civil and political rights.
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)
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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