Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking

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From the 23th to the 25th of February 2015, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was represented at a conference hosted by Wilton Park in the United Kingdom, organized under the theme of 'Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking'. This was a meeting aimed at assessing the current threat landscape in Africa and challenges to build stable peace, to analyse the dynamics of peacebuilding and Africa – Global engagements since the end of Cold War and its implications; and to explore and discuss current and emerging thinking and analysis on peacebuilding in Africa from African perspectives.

Advancing an African peacebuilding agenda

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From the 11th to the 12th of February 2015, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was represented at a conference hosted by the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, organized under the theme of 'Advancing an African Peacebuilding Agenda'.

ACCORD facilitates enhancement of peacebuilding in South Sudan

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ACCORD is firmly dedicated to the enhancement of peacebuilding in South Sudan. As Africa's newest countries decides on how to move the country forward, the debates of truth versus justice have become popular elements in society. Issues such as the benefits and limitations of truth commissions, special courts, international and local traditions and standards all come to the forefront and must be dealt with.

ACCORD at validation workshop on Draft African Transitional Justice Policy Framework

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On 18 and 19 August 2014, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was represented at a validation workshop on the Draft African Transitional Justice Policy Framework (ATJPF) held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop was the final event in a series of consultations to review the draft ATJPF, a document which seeks to fill an identified normative gap in terms of a comprehensive continental policy on the responsibilities, obligations and actions of African Union (AU) member states vis-à-vis issues surrounding transitional justice.

ACCORD trains key Liberian peacebuilding actors in peacebuilding skills and project management

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ACCORD is firmly involved in the peacebuilding and reconciliation process in Liberia through supporting local actors and building the capacity of implementing partners of the Reconciliation Roadmap. The most recent training, done in collaboration by the Peacebuilding Unit and Training Unit, successfully contributed to this long-term process by catalysing national peacebuilding actors with peacebuilding skills and project management tools.

ACCORD hosts dialogue on peacebuilding in South Sudan

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As part of a continued effort towards peace in South Sudan, ACCORD convened the "South Sudan Peacebuilding Dialogue and Reflection Seminar" in Juba, South Sudan from 2-3 December 2014. This was a follow-on workshop from the South Sudan study tour, entitled, "Enhancing the process of Peacebuiling in South Sudan" which took place in South Africa from 27 to 31 October 2014.

ACCORD participates in UNDP experts consultation to critically review reconciliation as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peacebuilding

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From 2 to 4 September 2014, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), was represented in the Experts Consultation on Reconciliation as a Mechanism for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The consultation, which was organised around the theme 'Reconciliation as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peacebuilding', brought together a large number of international civil society actors, as well as representatives of different United Nations (UN) bodies and agencies.

ACCORD partners with UN Peacebuilding Fund for workshop on Political Nature of Peacebuilding

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The United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) field staff have been seeking to develop coherence between one another, and to enhance their relationships with other institutions, especially ACCORD and the governments of PBF recipient countries (such as Liberia, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Yemen, and Somalia). A challenge in developing these relationships in the past has been a lack of understanding between actors on the political nature of each of their peacebuilding contexts. The Peacebuilding Unit at ACCORD and the PBF thus partnered for a workshop to discuss the political contexts in specific country cases and other logistical challenges the PBF recipient countries have. As the participants have now returned to their countries, it is hoped that this understanding contributes to better international coherence and partnership between the countries and organisations.

ACCORD’s Peacebuilding Unit conduct research trip to better understand dynamics at play in South Sudan

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In order to be relevant and contextualised to a changing environment, the Peacebuilding Unit at ACCORD conducted a research trip to Juba, South Sudan. Through meeting with peacebuilding partners and other actors on the ground, the Unit has deepened its understand of the complex dynamics on the ground and become more equipped and aware for ensuring upcoming engagements are quality, tailor-made, context-specific, timely and effective.

ACCORD collaborate to develop peacebuilding computer game to enhance training

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In order to raise awareness about long-term peacebuilding processes, simulate dynamic conflict environments in order to learn about the effects of policies or interventions, and to simulate adaptive decision-making, the Peacebuilding Unit at ACCORD is part of a consortium of institutions working together to develop an innovative online peacebuilding computer game. This e-learning opportunity will contribute to higher learning in peacebuilding on both strategic and tactical levels.

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