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ACCORD, UN and IOM release Outcomes Report on Conflict-Induced Migration Expert Group Meeting

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union (AU) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to release an Outcomes...

11-02-2016 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD’s Executive Director presents to South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation

On Wednesday 10 February 2016, Mr Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, delivered a presentation to a Strategic Planning Workshop of the South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on International Relations and Cooperation. This annual workshop convenes the...

10-02-2016 in Executive

Call for transformation from ‘Solemn Declaration to Solemn Deliverables’ – ACCORD attends 27th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative meeting

To contribute towards the agenda of the AU Summit and influence the decision making process of member states, women's rights and gender equality advocates have for a number of years held meetings prior to each summit. The meetings seek to...

04-02-2016 in Business Development

ACCORD ranked in top 100 Think Tanks worldwide in 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index

"The challenge for the new millennium is to harness the vast reservoir of knowledge, information, and associational energy that exist in public policy research organizations so that it supports self-sustaining economic, social, and political progress in every region of the world...

02-02-2016 in General

ACCORD Publishes Special Edition of African Journal of Conflict Resolution on ‘Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Societies’

Social cohesion is a key variable in the recovery of countries from violence and/or conflict. Such countries face the often simultaneous challenges of nation-building, reconciliation, social engineering and achieving justice and reconciliation. In this vein, ACCORD was pleased to publish...

29-01-2016 in Knowledge Production

SACOIR overview presented to DIRCO

On 19 January 2016 the Executive Director of ACCORD, Mr Vasu Gounden, attended a meeting with H.E. Nkoane Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, along with the other members of the South African Council on International...

27-01-2016 in Executive

A celebration of the life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Son of Africa

ACCORD is honoured to have contributed to the publication of a book celebrating the remarkable public life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim which includes service as the United Republic of Tanzania's youngest ambassador, to his three terms as Secretary-General of...

25-01-2016 in General

Gender advising for effectiveness of peace support operations

Understanding the gendered dimension of conflict is essential if peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations are to succeed in the long-term. Gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping environments involves identifying the various impacts of conflict on the lives of women and men and on...

17-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD Conducts Research for the Enhancement of the Mission Support Function in AMISOM

In light of the progress made by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2014, and cognisant of the changing situation in Somalia, a number of activities have been conducted in AMISOM, as directed by the African Union Commission (AUC)...

17-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP conducts Mediation, Negotiation and Humanitarian Intervention training for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

Senior military and police officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) completed a three-day course on Mediation, Coordination and Humanitarian intervention conducted by ACCORD/TfP held from 2-4 November 2015 in Mogadishu, Somalia. This initiative is part of ACCORD's...

17-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

Regional Specific Technical Visits and Support on the Application of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) Rostering Tool

In June 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) finalised and subsequently launched the African Standby Capacity (ASC) roster which marked an important milestone in support of AU peace operations. This paved...

15-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD calls for first ever global conference on peace

On 21 November 2015, during ACCORD's 2015 Africa Peace Award celebration, I made a call for the United Nations (UN) to convene the first ever UN Global Conference on Peace. The call was made during the presentation of the Africa Peace...

14-12-2015 in Special Projects

ACCORD facilitates a workshop for women leaders in Central African Republic on mediation and negotiation

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), organised a three-day workshop on 3-5 December 2015, in Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR).

11-12-2015 in Peacemaking

Vasu Gounden appointed to serve on the SADC Mediation Reference Group

In 2014 the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was appointed by the SADC Summit to serve on the SADC Mediation Reference Group. On 09-11 December 2015 Mr Gounden participated in the Regional Mediation Training Curriculum Validation Workshop...

11-12-2015 in Executive

ACCORD/TfP co-hosts the African Standby Capacity (ASC) Rostering and Training Linkage Roundtable

In March 2015, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Department (PSD) finalised the development of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) system, thus paving way for the population of the roster. The ASC has been developed and established to address...

11-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

Consolidating the gender, peace and security agenda in the Southern African region

2015 marks an important year for the women and peace and security agenda. In 2015 the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action celebrated its 20th anniversary and the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on "women and peace...

11-12-2015 in Peacekeeping

Climate and conflict – recent work by ACCORD

Conflicts can be triggered by the impacts of environmental change, and even measures to adapt to climate change need to take the potential for conflict into account. With the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) or Paris Climate Conference underway, the...

07-12-2015 in General

ACCORD hosts Fifth International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa

ACCORD together with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, based at Uppsala University and Indevelop, a Swedish consultancy working for sustainable social development, has for the last 18 months been undertaking a International Training Programme on Peace and Security...

07-12-2015 in Peacemaking

ACCORD trustees honoured by State President

ACCORD is pleased to announce the recognition received by two of its Trustees by President Thabo Mbeki on 22 April 2008.

H.E. Ambassador Billy Modise, the former South African Ambassador to Canada and the former South African Chief of State Protocol, received the Order of Luthuli

Silver Class – from the President for excellent contribution in the achievement of a South Africa free of racial oppression and for contributing to the building of a non racial, non sexist and democratic South Africa. Ambassador Modise joined ACCORD’s Board of Trustees in January 2007.

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, the former Economic Advisor to President Mbeki and a founding ACCORD Trustee received The Award of The Order of the Grand Counsellor of the Baobab: Silver from the President for his contribution to the struggle against apartheid and contributing to the African Renaissance.

The Awards were received as part of President Mbeki bestowing National Orders on men and women for their prominent contribution to nation building, in their respective areas. The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africa bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals who have contributed to, among other areas, the attainment of democracy, building democracy and human rights in South Africa.

Since 1994 men and women from all levels of society have been honoured for their contribution to peace, nation building and human rights, and for achievement of excellence in various fields of endeavour.