ACCORD Programme

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

30 Mar 2023

In this month’s edition of the Monitor, we begin with a piece from Huang Xia, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region of Africa.  He writes a piece about the current peace efforts in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the regional dynamics at play and the role of the United Nations. 

Staying in the eastern DRC Dr Kizito Sabala writes about the deployment of the East African Community (EAC) Regional Force and how it will interact with other forces already deployed to the region.

Moving across to the Lake Chad Basin, Siobhan O’Neil and Chika Charles Aniekwe reflect on the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram combatants and communities’ reception of the ex-combatants. 

Our fourth article is an update on the ongoing transitional processes in Sudan.  Yonas Berhané write about the current efforts to transition Sudan to civilian rule in the context of the recently signed agreements.  

From Sudan, we move to Mozambique and Cabo Delgado for our fifth article.  Craig Moffat has written about the recent visit of the Peacemaking Advisory Group (PAG) to Cabo Delgado and the Group’s efforts to facilitate dialogue amongst the stakeholders to the conflict. 

Following that, Cedric de Coning and Andrew E. Yaw Tchie have written a piece on the Africa Standby Force (ASF) and its role in Africa’s evolving conflict landscape.  Instead of making use of the ASF, states have chosen to use ad-hoc security initiatives, such as those in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.  This then requires a rethinking of the role of the ASF and the African Peace and Security Architecture.

As we head towards the end of Women’s Month in March, our final two pieces for the Monitor reflect on key issues within the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.  Pravina Makan-Lakha, writes about the recent efforts of Ethiopian women to ensure their meaningful representation during the peace processes following the conflict between the federal government and Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, as well as a reflection on the work of women’s peace networks in Mozambique and South Africa.  Finally, Karabo Mokgonyana, writes about the burden that climate related conflicts in Africa place on women.

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Feature Articles

Xia Huang

Striving for peace in Africa’s Great Lakes region: Ongoing efforts to resolve the current crisis

  • Xia Huang

Ongoing peace processes attest to a new dynamic; they signal a quest for finding regional solutions to peace and security challenges in the Great Lakes region

30 Mar 2023

The Role, Progress and Challenges of the EAC Regional Force in the Eastern DRC

  • Kizito Sabala

The East African region is to mobilise soldiers to work in cooperation with FARDC and administrative forces to support the political dialogue between rebels and the government, provide civilian protection, enforce peace agreements and contain, defeat and eradicate negative forces in the country

30 Mar 2023

Receptivity and Reintegration of Ex-Boko Haram Associates in the Lake Chad Basin Region

  • Dr. Siobhan O’Neil
  • Dr. Chika Charles Aniekwe

The recent mass exits from Boko Haram present an inevitable yet unique opportunity to take stock of earlier efforts to encourage defections from Boko Haram factions

30 Mar 2023

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

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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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