The Africa Peace Award was instituted by ACCORD in 1993 to recognise those communities, institutions or individuals in South Africa through whose efforts conflict was turned to peace.
In 1995 the Award was extended to the whole of Africa, in the hope that it would promote peace, create role models and instill a sense of pride in the people of the African Continent.
Nominations for the recipient of the Africa Peace Award are sought widely throughout Africa. Final selection of the recipient is made by the ACCORD Board of Trustees. The governing principles for awarding of the Africa Peace Award are:
- the protection of and respect for human rights;
- peaceful settlement of disputes; and
- good governance of public affairs.
The Africa Peace Award is presented at a gala evening in Durban, South Africa, to a country, community, institution or individual that both embodies these principles and fulfils the criteria governing the Award.