African Union Mediation Support Capacity Project

African Union Mediation Support Capacity Project
A view of the conference hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) addresses the 24th Summit of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (UN PHOTO/Eskinder Debebe)

Overall Objective

The AU Mediation Support Capacity Project aimed to strengthen the mediation support capacity of the AU. The project ended in 2019.

Project Partners

The Project was jointly implemented by the AU’s Conflict Management Division (AU CMD), ACCORD, and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), and was funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

ACCORD’s Focus

ACCORD had overall responsibility for the capacity building and training component of the Project. The capacity building and training component of the Project aimed 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 was responsible for annually convening a working group of AU partners, the Training Support Group, interested in supporting mediation training with a view to coordinating the various capacity building initiatives taking place.


In response to a request from the AU CMD, ACCORD assisted 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.