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ACCORD Partners with the UN Peacebuilding Fund to Enhance the Inclusivity and Accountability of UN Peacebuilding Fund Support

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ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) in conjunction with the United Nations Peacebuilding Office conducted a 3rd global workshop on enhancing the inclusivity and accountability of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Support. The workshop aimed to leverage the presence of multi-country experience to discuss recent developments and thinking within PBF donor countries and provide a venue for exchange on innovations for gaining greater inclusivity and accountability within peacebuilding approaches. This initiative will strengthen the inclusiveness and accountability of PBF programs to national governments, civil societies and the people, in all stages of peacebuilding programming, including strategic prioritisation, project formulation, project monitoring and governance/oversight of PBF programs.

ACCORD builds capacity to increase trainers in conflict sensitivity in South Sudan

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Building the pool of experts on conflict sensitivity in South Sudan will go a long way towards consolidating capacities for designing conflict-sensitive peacebuilding programmes for the country. In order to achieve this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for 22 personnel from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance in Juba, South Sudan from 6-8 October 2015. The main aim of the training was to consolidate the practitioners' capacity in designing and conducting trainings on conflict sensitivity for their own staff and other relevant target audiences or constituents, thereby increasing the number of practitioners that are competent in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity into their organisational policies and practice.

THE ACCORD GREAT LAKES PROJECT CONSOLIDATES ITS EFFORTS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY IN FOLLOWING UP ON THE USE OF APPLIED SKILLS BY WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS AS A RESULT OF CAPACITY BUILDING TRAININGS AND CONSULTATIONS

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In 2013 and 2014, the ACCORD Great LakesProject (GLP) has held different trainings and consultations in collaboration with the International Conference on The Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) secretariat. The purpose of trainings was to build capacities of women in peacebuilding skills. The consultations were intended to seek for avenues where GLP can collaborate with ICGLR in order to assist the institution in achieving its objectives as per the Memorandum of Understanding between ICGLR and ACCORD that was signed in 2011. Mainly the consultations seeked at having a Gender Unit with the Secretariat and this was made effective since 2014.

International Day of Peace 2015: Progress and Aspirations toward Silencing the Guns in Africa

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In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly declared and established, through Resolution 36/67, an International Day of Peace. The Resolution reaffirmed, amongst other things, that:

"...since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defence of peace must be constructed, that a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of Governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind..."

ACCORD and UN peacebuilding support office host global workshop on inclusivity and accountability in peacebuilding

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Long-term and multiple efforts to support post-conflict reconstruction and development in countries emerging from conflict require a coordinated, and coherent approach from a wide range of global stakeholders: ACCORD remains at the forefront of strengthening such efforts at a national, continental and global peacebuilding levels.

Improving the effectiveness of peacebuilding in South Sudan: Promoting conflict-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and development programming

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In implementing humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities, development agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are often likely faced with challenges of understanding the context in which they are operating, and how interventions should interact with the context to maximise positive impacts on the conflict environment. Recognising this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) trained personnel from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partner organisations working in South Sudan on 'Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding'. The main objective of the training was to build the knowledge and skills of the participants in terms of mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in their projects/programmes and institutional policies and practice, thereby contributing to the overall effectiveness of their organisation's efforts in South Sudan. Conflict sensitivity requires that programme interventions should be based on an understanding of a context in order to avoid unintentionally creating further division and to maximize the potential contributions so as to strengthen social cohesion.

Revisiting Coherence and Coordination – Collective Peacebuilding in Liberia

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Consolidating peacebuilding remains a major concern in Liberia in particular during the post-Ebola era. Coordinating the multitude of different international and national actors engaged in national reconciliation is a crucial step needed to revamp peacebuilding priorities that were affected during the Ebola crisis. Recognising this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) in collaboration with the Liberia Peacebuilding Office (PBO) organized a workshop to conduct an assessment of the current peacebuilding priorities in Liberia through an analysis of the peacebuilding trajectory before, during and after the Ebola crisis. This will enable re-focused interventions by peacebuilding actors in Liberia.

East Africa Regional Consultations on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture

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In collaboration with the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Architecture, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) organised two-day regional Consultations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 11 – 12 May 2015. The Consultations served as a way to receive inputs from key regional players on what is needed for successful peacebuilding in the Horn & East Africa and beyond in terms of regional dynamics of conflict and current challenges.

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