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

24 Feb 2023

We begin the first Monitor of 2023 with an article from Cedric de Coning, Research Professor at NUPI, Rui Saraiva a research fellow in the peacebuilding and humanitarian support team and Ako Muto, an executive senior research fellow both from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development.  The three authors write about adaptive peacebuilding, using case studies from Colombia and Mozambique.

We then head to West Africa for our next two pieces.  Mariana Llorens Zabala has written an article on the effectiveness of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).  The article looks at the objectives of the MNJTF, African Union support to the MNJTF and gives an overall assessment of the effectiveness of the task force. Staying with West Africa, Joshua O. Bolarinwa writes about the elections in Nigeria and the context under which the election is taking place.

Moving to Southern Africa, Katharine Bebington, a programme officer at ACCORD writes about Eswatini.  In her article she writes about the recent murder of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and the upcoming elections in the Kingdom.

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Feature Articles

Cedric de Coning

Investing in People and Enhancing Resilience for Sustaining Peace with Adaptive Peacebuilding

  • Ako Muto
  • Rui Saraiva
  • Cedric de Coning

After years of decline, conflict-related civilian deaths have increased sharply, and there are questions as to how the UN can better help prevent and manage conflict in an increasing complex and volatile peace and security environment

24 Feb 2023

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Multinational Joint Task Force

  • Mariana Llorens Zabala

The overall assessment is that the MNJTF is, to a degree, effectively attaining its mandate priorities. As a result of the efforts of the MNJTF there is a decline in the number of terrorist attacks and fatalities in the region.

24 Feb 2023

Crossroads: The Significance and Prospects of Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election

  • Joshua Olusegun Bolarinwa

Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, on 25 February 2023, will hold its Presidential and National Assembly Elections; the 7th in the Fourth Republic (1999-2023).

24 Feb 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

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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