ACCORD edited volume on peace agreements published by University of KwaZulu-Natal

Secretary-General Kofi Annan (at podium) delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on the Great Lakes Region in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

A compilation of eight case studies examining the successes of various peace agreements in several African countries.

Peace agreements are essential tools to resolve conflicts and achieve durable peace, and ACCORD is pleased to announce the publishing, by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press (UKZN Press), of a volume edited by ACCORD, which adds to the body of knowledge on peace agreements by examining cases of post-conflict African countries’ experiences with negotiation, and implementing peace agreements.

This book is the result of a joint project between the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR) at Uppsala University, Sweden, and ACCORD. The volume, entitled Peace Agreements and Durable Peace in Africa, was co-edited by Dr Grace Maina, former Manager of the Knowledge Production Department at ACCORD, and Prof Erik Melander of the DPCR. The publication of this book is a reflection of ACCORD’s long-established approach of bridging the knowledge gap between the practice and theory of conflict resolution. In collaboration with UKZN Press, the volume was published in January 2016.

Country case studies include: Angola, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. The countries profiled were selected based on the fact that their peace agreements were finalised pre-2005, and thus would offer up richer findings during analysis. The eight chapters provide readers with an opportunity to study conflicts on the continent, and better understand factors that promote or undermine the success of peace agreements. They offer in-depth insight on peacemaking that will aid researchers and practitioners alike in identifying lessons and will inform better practice in articulating and implementing peace agreements in Africa.

The eight case studies are authored by both academics and practitioners – Osita Agbu, Kasaija Phillip Apuuli, Lesley Connolly, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Charles Nyuykonge, Justin Pearce, Anyway Sithole, Germain Ngoie Tshibambe and Siphamandla Zondi.

The book is currently available for purchase from the UKZN website.

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