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Conflict & Resilience Monitor

Feature Articles​ on COVID-19

During the global crisis ACCORD's analysis will be focus on the impact of the pandemic on conflict potential in Africa

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El-Ghassim Wane

Africa’s COVID-19 diplomacy reflects its commitment to multilateralism and collective action

  • El-Ghassim Wane

Africa’s diplomatic system has adjusted swiftly to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) realities of conducting business. This is visible in the flurry of virtual consultations among decision-makers to chart common ways forward. The high number of African Union (AU)-led consultations over the past few months reflect a deep-seated conviction that collective action is the best way to address Africa’s challenges effectively.

5 Aug 2020
Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt

African mediation in the shadow of COVID-19

  • Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt

The lockdown-type measures adopted by governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has deprived mediators and facilitators of the opportunity to use these important tools to resolve African conflicts and consolidate the implementation of peace agreements. However, we hope for a successful fight against COVID-19 in Africa that will reopen opportunities for mediation in Africa.

29 Jul 2020
Michael D Higgins

Implications of COVID-19 for a new Africa–Europe Strategic Partnership

  • Michael D. Higgins

There is now an unprecedented opportunity for Europe to begin its journey towards a new contemporary and future shared ethical relationship, and do so not only as good regionalism, but also as an exercise in multilateralism, forging a new approach in its relationship with Africa, this time based on solidarity, one that will include a fundamental re-examination of how unfair trade and existing debt structures are impeding, not only the capacity to respond to COVID-19, but also the necessary transformations which a continent is getting underway, with an African agency that seeks a new form of partnership with its most proximate neighbour, the European Union.

22 Jul 2020

Gender equality needed to address COVID-19 in conflict and peace

  • Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

If we do not change the face of politics, if we continue to ignore the lessons of decades of women’s activism, if we continue to spend our resources on weapons rather than on social services, we will have a harder time recovering from this pandemic, preventing the next one, or overcoming the climate crisis. It is an easy choice to make.

15 Jul 2020

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
Bineta Diop

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the women, peace and security agenda in Africa

  • Bineta Diop

Women-led organisations that are dealing with peace, security and development are playing a key role in developing policies, strategies and guidelines for gender-responsive actions to prevent and combat COVID-19, and in post-COVID-19 recovery.

17 Jun 2020

COVID-19: An opportunity to reflect on approaches to and the conducting of elections in Africa

  • Brigalia Bam

The COVID-19 measures have placed a responsibility on all of us to ensure that the strides that various African countries had made to consolidate their democracies by holding regular, transparent, and free elections are not reversed.

10 Jun 2020
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Women’s leadership during COVID-19

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Today, our world is beset with increases in conflicts, the growing threat of violent extremism and a young population that is increasingly less hopeful about living in peace. We simply cannot continue this way. It is time to change. Silencing the guns requires a multitude of actors and commitments, including the involvement of women through the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, which remains a key ingredient for peace.

3 Jun 2020

Peace and security in Africa amidst COVID-19

  • Smail Chergui

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the global order, impacting our social, economic and political efforts across the globe including Africa. The African Union (AU) in collaboration with its partners has led interventions to contain the spread of COVID-19 on the continent with the leadership rallying to ensure robust preparedness for the aftermath of the pandemic.

27 May 2020
Ramesh Thakur

Africa and the pandemic panic: Facts not fear

  • Ramesh Thakur

Africa is at risk of getting the worst of both worlds: failure to check the epidemic and failure to check economic collapse. Why?

18 May 2020
Carlos Lopes

COVID-19 provides Africa with an opportunity to rethink the role of the state in economic policy

  • Carlos Lopes

The corona virus has demonstrated that we can do many things that seemed impossible before. We are now allowed to think it is possible to contemplate a different set of rules and norms. There is a dramatic return to Keynesian policies by those who once kept at arm’s length what they considered a sin: to recognize public services as public goods that are to be properly funded. Treating them as investments in social capital instead of as liabilities. There is now a recognition that the key role of the state is back.

15 May 2020
Said Djinnit

The implications of COVID-19 for social cohesion and public order

  • Ambassador Said Djinnit

People may have their objections on the way institutions such as Governments are run, but they expect them to deliver. Part of this expected delivery by the institutions is the capacity to anticipate and manage crises. In an uncertain environment like the ongoing global COVID-19 public health crisis, trust in institutions is essential for compliance to measures to prevent the spread and contain the virus and even more critical to maintain peace, security and stability.

20 Apr 2020
Vasu Gounden

The approaching storm: Social and political conflict in a post COVID-19 time

  • Vasu Gounden

The political, economic and social dislocation that we are witnessing is unprecedented. History does not have many examples of what the resulting landscape will look like. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, actions by politicians, government functionaries, religious and community leaders, business people, and civil society can either fuel social and political conflict or mitigate it.

17 Apr 2020
Vasu Gounden

Border closures: Unintended consequences

  • Vasu Gounden

Borders in Africa and their management are a factor of the complex socio-economic, political, environmental, and demographic challenges that Africa faces. The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic has created a new and unprecedented challenge that can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities in Africa.

17 Apr 2020

ACCORD recognizes its longstanding partnerships with the European Union, and the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, UK, and USA.