ACCORD has recently published the first edition of the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook. This Handbook aims to serve as a training tool and a self-study field guide for peacebuilding practitioners, and is designed to prove useful to a wide range of actors, including representatives of NGOs, government agencies, development partners, and intergovernmental organisations.
The ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook has been developed by ACCORD, through its African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), with financial support from the Government of Finland. This Handbook is expected to give a broad-based introduction to various aspects of peacebuilding, with its methodology building on ACCORD's cumulative experience in conflict management, training, policy, and research in Africa. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of peacebuilders by providing a better understanding of several different approaches to peacebuilding, including its concepts, definitions and historical context but also practical skills that might be useful for peacebuilding practitioners acting in different fields and arenas. Emphasised throughout the Handbook is the importance of sensitivity to the everyday experiences of local communities living through peacebuilding interventions and the core theme of the Handbook is the central role of local and national ownership in securing sustainable peace.
The first edition of the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook is a product of ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit. Based on the premise that in order to be relevant, peacebuilding needs to be anchored in the principles of local ownership and context adaptability, this Handbook is intended to be an evolving platform on which to build and refine future reference for peacebuilding work and trainings. It will thus undergo an extensive piloting and review process, ensuring it is reflective of a diversity of views, expectations, and needs.
The first edition of the Peacebuilding Handbook is available here.