The ACCORD Peacemaking Unit hosted project management and joint steering committee meetings for its African Union (AU) Mediation Support Project, in Durban on 26 and 30 March 2010 respectively.
Present at the meetings were representatives from the African Union Conflict Management Division (AU CMD), the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), and ACCORD. Representatives of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who fund the AU Mediation Support Project, attended the joint steering committee meeting.
From left to right the participants of the joint steering committee meeting: Mr. Simo-Pekka Parviainen, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ms. Marjaana Sall, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mrs. Pravina Makan-Lakha, ACCORD; Ms. Yvette Ngandu, AU Conflict Management Division; Ms. Katri Viinikka, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Vasu Gounden, ACCORD; Ms. Tuija Kristiina Talvitie, Crisis Management Initiative; Ms. Jenny Theron, ACCORD; Mr. Alex Behabtu, Crisis Management Initiative; and Mrs. Karishma Rajoo, ACCORD.
The aim of the project management meeting was to ensure the continued effective implementation and management of the Project.
The joint steering committee meeting focused on reviewing the Project’s progress during 2009 and to plan for the remainder of the year 2010.
The objective of the AU Mediation Support Project is to strengthen the mediation support capacity of the AU. The Project is undertaken in support of the larger AU mediation support initiative.