The Global Centre for Policy and Strategy (GLOCEPS) invited ACCORD to its inaugural conference on Regional Peace and Security in Eastern Africa. The conference was held on 24 and 25 May 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme ‘The future of State Stability and Development in Eastern Africa.’
The conference provided the platform for stimulated discussions on the evolving peace and security dynamics in the region. The problem solving approach used during the sessions, provided an opportunity for the delegates to reflect on policy solutions in fragile contexts in Eastern Africa. ACCORD’s Programme Officer, Ms Rumbidzaishe Matambo presented on ‘Gender and Peacebuilding in Africa: Evaluating interventions in conflict hotspots’ during the conference. Ms Matambo discussed the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 2242, and the role of gender in regional Peace Support Operations (PSOs). Seasoned academics, practitioners and policymakers attended the conference to analyse the conflict and security barriers that delay the attainment of stability and development in Eastern Africa.
ACCORD’s participation in this inaugural conference on Regional Peace and Security in Eastern Africa is in line with its strategic objective to contribute evidence based analysis, policy support and knowledge to respond to complex conflicts. Issues on gender and PSOs are in line with the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme’s target to have the African Union Commission (AUC) and Regional Economic Communities/ Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) utilise TfP developed products on gender and gender mainstreaming in decision-making, training, and deployments. The TfP Programme at ACCORD is an initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.