African Union Mediation Support Capacity Project

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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 seeks to strengthen the mediation support capacity of the AU.

Project Partners

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’s Focus

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.