The year 2021 marks a milestone for the African Union (AU) as it is the 20th anniversary since the Constitutive Act that birthed the AU from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and also the unprecedented transformation at the AU Commission in merger of the departments of Peace and Security and Political Affairs. On 29 June 2021 the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme hosted a webinar to provide a platform for candid conversation on key developments in Africa’s peace and security landscape from the last twenty years.
The conversational webinar allowed the panellists to review lessons learnt in the areas of governance, peace and security in the last 20 years and identified and discussed critical benchmarks for addressing the governance, peace and security challenges for the next 20 years. Esteemed panellists, Dr. Olajumoke Ayandele of New York University and Senior Researcher at The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project; Professor Tim Murithi from The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Head of Peacebuilding Interventions and Extraordinary Professor of African Studies at the University of the Free State; Professor Laurie Nathan, Director of the Mediation Program at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; and Ambassador Abdoulaye Diop, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Mali and Former Chief of Staff and Chairperson of the African Union Commission presented during the webinar and responded to questions from the audience.
The engagement with the various organisations as well as academia within the peace and security landscape contributed to the rich discussions. ACCORD’s Peace Support Operations Cluster attended the webinar. ACCORD is a partner of the TfP Programme. The programme is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contributes towards capacity building within the broader ambit of peace operations in Africa. Since 1995, the programme has worked through civil society institutions, to strengthen African civilian and police capacity for peace operations.