ACCORD’s Peacemaking Unit conducted Advanced Training in Mediation to advance the skills of Mediation Process Experts (MPE) and building a core mediation team that can advise mediation processes on the continent.
Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Advisor on National Security, The Presidency, Republic of South Africa (on the left) and Mr. Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director (on the right). Ambassador Nhlapo addressed participants during a working dinner on the topic ‘Contemporary Challenges in Africa’. Mr. Gounden was the lead trainer during the training.
Thirteen participants drawn from government departments and academic institutions in Botswana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Zambia took part in the training from 28 - 30 September 2010 in Durban, South Africa. The high level participant profile included senior government officials with mediation experience and academics who have in-depth knowledge of the field of conflict and peace studies and alternative dispute resolution methods.
Mr. Gabriel Malebang. A participant representing the Department of Strategic Studies at the University of Botswana.
ACCORD’s Executive Director, Vasu Gounden, led the training. The course content covered important topics such as: global peace and conflict trends, Africa today, conflicts in Africa, mediating African conflicts, and the mediation process.
Mr. Karanja Mbugua, Analyst of ACCORD’s Peacemaking Unit addressing participants during the training.
The training was the first activity under ACCORD’s Building Mediation and Mediation Support Capacity in Africa Initiative. The outcomes of the training will be used to inform the next round of trainings scheduled for early 2011.
Participant, Ms. Mary Browne from Monsignor Stephen Kyle College in Liberia.