On 26 February 2015, two days before the general elections that took place in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted an internal staff seminar where Thulisa Ndlela, Programme Officer in the Operations Division, presented and led the discussion. The content of the presentation came out of a scoping study undertaken by ACCORD in early February in Lesotho's capital, Maseru. Senzo Ngubane, General Manager of the Operations Division, moderated the discussion.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon established a 17 member High-Level Independent Panel in October 2014 to undertake an assessment of the state of UN peace operations, and the emerging operational needs of the future" 'Understanding the relationship between the United Nations and Regional Organizations'. As part of the ongoing assessment, the Panel intends to engage widely with Regional Organisations, Member States, Academics, Think Tanks and Civil Society globally. In February 2015, the Panel's focus was in Africa after completing the consultations with key relevant actors in Asia. To this end, the UN, with the support of partners including the Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme, the British Government, working closely with the Panel Secretariat and the United Nations office to the Organisation of the African Union (UNOAU), hosted an African Regional Consultation Seminar.
On Friday 20 February 2015, ACCORD hosted Ms Maud Dlomo, Deputy Director General (DDG) for Training, Research and Development at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for a visit to ACCORD House in Durban, South Africa.
Increasing recognition of the relationships and dynamics between state fragility, conflict and violence now positions these issues amongst the central foci of conflict and development practitioners worldwide. It is in this light that ACCORD's Founder and Executive Director participated in the World Bank Group's Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum in Washington DC, USA on 11-13 February 2015. Convened by Ms Betty Bigombe, the World Bank Group's Senior Director of its Fragility, Conflict and Violence Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, the Forum strived to unite political leaders, policymakers, academics, activists, and civil society organisations towards strengthening their responses and supporting countries mired by fragility, conflict, and violence.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento, have published a report on the proceedings of the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference. The symposium, which was co-hosted by ACCORD and CAPCR, was convened under the theme 'Alternative dispute resolution and peace studies in Africa: Lessons, prospects and challenges', and held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 25 and 26 July 2014.
The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in a United Nations (UN) Protection of Civilians (PoC) Coursefor civilian, military and police personnel who are serving, or may potentially serve in peace missions. The course helps to build the foundational knowledge and skills of participants to effectively support the PoC mandate of UN and African Union (AU) peace missions. The overall purpose of this annual course is therefore to prepare the individual participants for assignments relating to PoC in UN and other missions. The course is implemented through lectures and a series of syndicate work, where the participants are tasked to come up with solutions to mission specific case studies.
Broad discussion and debate on the nuanced challenges to the achievement of gender parity and women's empowerment in Africa characterised an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) recently hosted at the Durban offices of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). The presentation provided the foundation for discussions about ways to monitor and address the gap between policy gains from the adoption of international and continental normative frameworks in support of the women, peace and security agenda (WPS) and their practical implementation within the context-specific realities on the ground in different African countries. Participants further delved into the necessity of putting in place measures to translate increased numbers of women in strategic positions into meaningful contributions and impact in African countries.
Since its establishment, the AU has played an increased and expanded role in addressing conflicts in the African Continent, including in Darfur, Burundi, Mali, the Central Africa Republic and Somalia. As part of its intervention, the AU has developed policies and directives as well as established systems, structures and mechanisms to ensure that African PSOs are undertaken in accordance with internationally accepted norms and standards. These norms and standards relates to protection of civilians, observance of international humanitarian law and adherence to the highest standards of conduct by AU personnel. To further support the AU processes on conduct and discipline, the Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) co-hosted with the AU an Expert Roundtable in the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 15 – 17 December 2014.
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'.
Climate change affects and will affect livelihood resources in Africa, especially among the poor, with potentially negative consequences for peace and security across the continent. It is against this background that the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in cooperation with adelphi, a leading German think tank, has published an edited volume entitled Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa, which is now available to download at no charge from the ACCORD website.
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 ranked among top Think Tanks in the World in 2015
- Somali Diaspora conference opens in Kigali
- TfP/ACCORD co-organises seminar on the future of African peace operations
- TfP/ACCORD co-organizes roundtable with RECs and RMs on civilian rostering processes
- TfP ACCORD seminar on the future of African peace operations from 2015-2025
- ACCORD represented at seminar on regional perspectives on peacebuilding in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD co-organizes roundtable with Regional Economic Communities & Regional Mechanisms on Civilian Rostering Processes
- 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Advisory Board of the TfP in Africa Programme
- ACCORD cohost seminar to celebrate life of Salim A Salim with ISS
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 2014 IPSTC annual research symposium
- ACCORD Executive Director addresses AU Commission’s third high level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD trains on the Gender Perspective to Peace Support Operations: A Comprehensive Approach
- ACCORD facilitates enhancement of peacebuilding in South Sudan
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 10th Regional Senior Mission Leaders Course
- TfP/ACCORD participate in 2014 Challenges Annual Forum in Beijing
- ACCORD Occasional Paper places DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces at epicentre of insecurity in Great Lakes region
- ACCORD contributes to Fifth Annual High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability in Africa
- ACCORD/TfP participates in Civilian Rostering Seminar on lessons learned Northern Africa
- TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Gender and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Course for Police Advisors in Peace Missions
- ACCORD/TfP co-ordinate Leadership Capacity Building and Strategy Formulation Workshop on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for AMISOM