As part of efforts to strengthen the mediation support capacity of the African Union (AU), the ACCORD Peacemaking Unit conducted Advanced Training in Mediation for AU staff from 24-26 November 2010 in Durban, South Africa. Participants represented the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, as well as a variety of liaison offices including those in Western Sahara, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Chad, Kenya and the Ivory Coast.
Group Photo: Participants and Resource Persons
The overall objective of the training was to enhance the quality and outcomes of peace processes led by the AU. This was achieved through deepening the understanding of the AU staff on the theory and practice of mediation and through advancing the capacity and skills of the AU staff as mediation process experts to allow them to strategically and effectively guide and advise the mediation team throughout the mediation process.
Mr. Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, was the lead trainer
The training was implemented under the AU Mediation Support Project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Mr. Kassim Khamis, Political Officer, Panel of the Wise, AU Peace and Security Department contributing to discussions during the training.
Mrs. Rita Amukhobu (left), Political Officer in the AU Political Affairs Department, and Ms Peace Lydia Mutuwa(right), from the African Union Peace and Security Department sharing experiences during a tea break.
Ambassador Hawa Youssouf (left), Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson, AU Liaison office in Bangui, receiving her certificate from Mr. Vasu Gounden (right), lead trainer and ACCORD’s Founder and Executive Director.
Mr. Ahmed Mokhtar (left), Early Warning Expert in the AU Peace and Security Department receiving his certificate from Mr. Vasu Gounden.