Peacebuilding Actors and Phases – Strengthening the Capacities of Women-led CBOs

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From June to December, ACCORD will be hosting ten conflict management training sessions for women-led non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) across the nine provinces in South Africa. These trainings are a 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 the grassroots level. Through this initiative, ACCORD aims to pilot local peacebuilding in the country through the means of technological access and empowerment.

Two of these sessions, held on the 24th of June and the 1st of July respectively, gave focus to the process of Peacebuilding, its actors and phases. The trainings were facilitated by Miss Alison Lazarus who is a seasoned mediator and peace trainer.

The key outcomes of the trainings resulted in the participants having a better understanding of the three stages of peacebuilding: stabilisation, transitional and consolidation. Further, by engaging one another through a process of “Appreciative Inquiry”, participants where able to better understand how, as facilitators of peace, they could create an environment which is conducive to positive communication. In the trainings ahead, the participants will be introduced to subject matters that include, local peacebuilding; negotiation; mediation; and facilitation.

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.