ACCORD continues to host several conflict management trainings and knowledge sharing sessions for women-led non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) across South Africa’s nine provinces. These sessions, are part of a broader initiative that endeavours to strengthen the capacity of these women-led organisations in order to build the proliferation of conflict management, facilitation, and mediation capacities at grassroots level. ACCORD, through this initiative aims to steer local peacebuilding in the country through technological empowerment.
Against this backdrop, Ms Alison Lazarus facilitated a training on programming for peace. The training sessions took place between the 8th to 29th of July 2021. During the four sessions, Ms Lazarus guided participants through the process of using a results matrix to monitor and assess the outcomes of any particular organisational initiative. Following Ms Lazarus’s lead and guidance on peace programming, participants worked in groups to set up a conflict intervention program using the tools acquired throughout the sessions. The group presentations focussed on political accountability; gangsterism, and xenophobia.
This initiative locates itself in ACCORD strategic pillar 3: Enhanced Role of Women in Peace Processes and furthermore, it is part of the broader agenda of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.
ACCORD looks forward to organising more training on conflict management to facilitate the increase of women’s participation in all levels of peacebuilding.