ACCORD attended the Global Centre for Policy and Strategy (GLOCEPS)’s 3-day webinar series on forecasting global and regional research agenda in peace, security, and development. The webinar, which took place from 12 to 14 July 2022, stimulated discussions on five themes that covered, transitional organized crimes; security and defence; foreign policy; development; and governance and ethics.
Seasoned academics and practitioners were brought together to identify research areas in peace, security and development; and to present on research priorities for consideration by GLOCEPS in line with the five themes. The session on transitional organized crimes focused on, research priorities in terrorism and environmental crimes; trafficking-related crimes; and on Kenya’s criminal justice system and transnational crimes. Presentations on the security and defence theme focused on, research priorities in security sector reforms in Kenya; changing the nature of modern warfare in defence and security; and gender, conflict and peacebuilding. The foreign policy experts channelled their expertise on Kenya’s economic security, and the country’s global and regional foreign policy and diplomacy. Presentations on development, included topics related to Kenya’s sustainable development; economic and development policy areas for 2022-23; and the changing global dynamics and opportunities in development. Governance and ethics practitioners explored how institutional interdependence in Kenya could be strengthened; the inclusion and leadership integrity in Kenya; and the development agenda in Kenya post-2022 elections.
ACCORD’s Training for Peace Programme Officer, Ms Rumbidzaishe Matambo attended the webinar series. ACCORD’s participation seeks to contribute to evidence based analysis though the exploration of strategic peace and security issues by connecting with strategic thinking partners. The TfP Programme at ACCORD is an initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.