ACCORD’s Peacemaking Unit conducted Advanced Training in Mediation to advance the skills of Mediation Process Experts (MPE) and building a core mediation team that can advise mediation processes on the continent. Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Advisor on Na …
ACCORD’s Peacemaking Unit conducted Advanced Training in Mediation to advance the skills of Mediation Process Experts (MPE) and building a core mediation team that can advise mediation processes on the continent.
Thirteen participants drawn from government departments and academic institutions in Botswana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Zambia took part in the training from 28 – 30 September 2010 in Durban, South Africa. The high level participant profile included senior government officials with mediation experience and academics who have in-depth knowledge of the field of conflict and peace studies and alternative dispute resolution methods.
ACCORD’s Executive Director, Vasu Gounden, led the training. The course content covered important topics such as: global peace and conflict trends, Africa today, conflicts in Africa, mediating African conflicts, and the mediation process.
The training was the first activity under ACCORD’s Building Mediation and Mediation Support Capacity in Africa Initiative. The outcomes of the training will be used to inform the next round of trainings scheduled for early 2011.
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ACCORD’s Peacemaking unit focuses on building the conflict resolution capacity of societal leaders, politicians, and other key actors. Strategies adopted by the Peacemaking programme include the facilitation of peaceful dialogue and support of mediation among participants. Such approaches have been shown to have led to an overall reduction in violent conflict across Africa over time, illustrating the effectiveness and necessity of such programmes.
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