"The challenge for the new millennium is to harness the vast reservoir of knowledge, information, and associational energy that exist in public policy research organizations so that it supports self-sustaining economic, social, and political progress in every region of the world for public good." 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index report.
ACCORD is honoured to have contributed to the publication of a book celebrating the remarkable public life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim which includes service as the United Republic of Tanzania's youngest ambassador, to his three terms as Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and subsequent Chairperson of the African Union Panel of the Wise.
Silencing the guns by 2020, as encapsulated in Africa's Agenda 2063, remains a priority for Africa – a priority that requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders. The Pan-African Network of the Wise (PanWise) which encompass African mediators and mediation institutions at the continental, national and local levels is envisioned to play key roles in attaining wholesale peace in Africa including the promotion of a culture of peace in the continent. The PanWise serves as Africa's network of institutions, mechanisms and actors for preventive action, mediation and conflict transformation, established in accordance with the Decision of the Assembly of the African Union in May 2013. The key institutional drivers of PanWise are the AU Panel of the Wise and similar mechanisms at regional level.
The African Union (AU)'s Agenda 2063, initiated in January 2014, is a vision and clarion call for the continental organisation fifty years after its inception. Rededicating itself to its long-cherished Pan African aspirations, the AU commits itself to forging "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena" by 2063.
ACCORD was honoured to collaborate with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on a Public Lecture, hosted by HE Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. The theme of the event was "Strengthening the African Agenda through AU, BRICS and FOCAC".
The Trustees and Staff of ACCORD extends its best wishes to H.E. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, the former President of Botswana, on the celebration of his 90th Birthday. African Patriot, Statesman and Peace Maker!
Conflicts can be triggered by the impacts of environmental change, and even measures to adapt to climate change need to take the potential for conflict into account. With the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) or Paris Climate Conference underway, the work undertaken by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) underscores the need for outcomes in Paris that take climate related conflict prevention and resolution into account, is of relevance.
Violent conflicts and insecurity remain one of the major drivers of forced migration in Africa. Across the continent, from Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan to Sudan, violent conflicts and insecurity have resulted in forced migration, both within and across borders, with dire consequences for effected populations. The causes and consequences of forced migration are multifaceted and have political; peace and security; economic; social; and environmental dimensions with implications for sustainable development in Africa.
In 2014 Madame Graca Machel accepted the Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Reconciliation Award on behalf of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in recognition of its 22 years of work in promoting peace and the constructive resolution of disputes globally. The 2015 recipient is Judge Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. ACCORD warmly congratulates Judge Pillay on her award.
One of ACCORD's strategic pillars is to support government institutions in their responsibilities to promote peace and pursue the constructive resolution of disputes. It is in this light that Mr Vasu Gounden, ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director, presented to the South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation on 19 August 2015. This briefing marked the second time that Mr Gounden has appeared before the Portfolio Committee in 2015, with his first appearance taking place on 03 June.
Each year on Mandela Day ACCORD practically supports the work of an NGO or community, boosting their efforts to make an impact. For the 2015 Mandela Day, ACCORD supported the Gandhi Development Trust in the rehabilitation of the Phoenix Settlement in Inanda.
- COMESA and ACCORD sign MoU
- 25TH AU Summit, June 2015: ACCORD Resources and Experts
- ACCORD and AU convene high-level seminar on mediation practice in Africa
- ACCORD Executive Director participates in first Constitutive Meeting of the SADC Mediation Reference Group
- Establishment of Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal
- ACCORD at second African Think Tank summit
- ACCORD discuss MoU with IGAD in support of peace and security in the region
- ACCORD hosts senior official from SA Department of International Relations & Cooperation
- ACCORD ranked among top Think Tanks in the World in 2015
- Somali Diaspora conference opens in Kigali
- ACCORD cohost seminar to celebrate life of Salim A Salim with ISS
- ACCORD receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace
- ACCORD Celebrates Nelson Mandela Day by contributing to Abalindi Welfare Society
- African Union high level retreat at ACCORD
- ACCORD participates in youth forum in celebration of 50 years AU/OAU
- ACCORD hosts Governor of Khartoum
- ACCORD helps institutionalisation of the Pan-African Network of the Wise
- ACCORD hosts AU Chairperson and Heads of RECs during BRICS Summit
- ACCORD recognised as 4th top think tank in Sub Sahara Africa
- ACCORD partners with the AU in Peace Torch ceremony at African Cup of Nations