The AU Mediation Support Capacity Project seeks to strengthen the mediation support capacity of the AU.
The Project is jointly implemented by the AU’s Conflict Management Division (AU CMD), ACCORD, and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), and funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
ACCORD has overall responsibility for the capacity building and training component of the Project. The capacity building and training component of the Project aims to develop training curricula (including an AU mediation handbook) and training courses to be conducted for various categories of staff identified for AU mediation interventions. In addition, ACCORD is responsible for annually convening a working group of AU partners, the Training Support Group, interested in supporting mediation training with a view to coordinate the various capacity building initiatives underway.
Furthermore, in response to a request from the AU CMD, ACCORD is assisting the AU in the establishment of the mediation component of its Peace and Security Roster. The roster is expected to benefit and improve speed, transparency, homogeneity, accessibility and low maintenance costs of deploying a mediation team to a mission.
ACCORD’s Peacemaking unit focuses on building the conflict resolution capacity of societal leaders, politicians, and other key actors. Strategies adopted by the Peacemaking programme include the facilitation of peaceful dialogue and support of mediation among participants. Such approaches have been shown to have led to an overall reduction in violent conflict across Africa over time, illustrating the effectiveness and necessity of such programmes.
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