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

27 Oct 2022

We start off this month’s Conflict and Resilience Monitor with a piece from Olivia Rumble and Andrew Gilder, who are both Directors at Climate Legal, who have written about the issue of loss and damages related to climate change.  Their article discusses the need for loss and damages to be on the agenda of COP27 and the challenges that the issue has faced in the past.

We then move to Southern Africa, where Katharine Bebington, Programme Officer at ACCORD, has written a piece reflecting on the recently held general elections in Lesotho, the challenges relating to the reform processes leading up to the elections and the voting outcomes.  This is followed by a piece from Thokozile Nkgundima, a Programme Administrator at ACCORD, who has written an article reflecting on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. In particular, the article focuses on the National Action Plans (NAPs) that have been adopted by states in Southern Africa and the challenges relating to the implementation of the NAPs in the region.

Finally, we end the Monitor with a piece from Zikho Dana, an intern in ACCORD’s research Unit, who has tracked the post-COVID-19 protests that have taken place across the continent.  The article details a number of these protests and the different and similar causes of the protests.

This week’s monitor All monitors

Feature Articles

Mapping post-COVID-19 Protest Trends in Africa

  • Zikho Dana

Protests over the exorbitant cost of living have become a frequent feature in Africa and they are an expression of a growing legitimacy crisis in African governments.

27 Oct 2022

Monitoring and Evaluating the WPS Agenda in the SADC Region

  • Thokozile Nkgadima

SADC took various steps to encourage and assist member states in developing NAPs. Whilst recognising the significant strides made in the region, more needs to be done to institutionalise the WPS agenda within the region.

27 Oct 2022

Loss and Damage High on the Agenda for COP27 in Egypt

  • Andrew Gilder
  • Olivia Rumble

Finance for Loss and Damage has been a longstanding issue at COP but matters are anticipated to come to a head at COP27 in Egypt in November.

27 Oct 2022

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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