The recruitment and deployment of civilian personnel for peace and security operations has largely been managed on an ad hoc basis with interested applicants applying directly in their personal capacity to the African Union Commission (AUC), resulting in numerous challenges related to the timely recruitment and deployment of these needed expert civilian personnel at short notice, hence, the need to better plan for and manage such deployments. In particular, there has been recognition of the need to develop a dedicated pool of trained civilian experts for deployment at very short notice in field missions. The expertise of this pool will be captured in the African Standby Capacity (ASC) roster.
With the aim of supporting Madagascar to define its Peacebuilding Priorities to be funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and other donors, ACCORD trains Malagasy CSOs and facilitates Conflict Analysis for multi-stakeholder actors.
As a training Centre of Excellence and a member of the African Peace Support Trainers' Association (APSTA), the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region recently hosted Corrections/Prisons Officers for training on Peace Support Operations. ACCORD/TfP trained the officers on negotiation, mediation and the role of language assistance on 16 June 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe. This was in consultation with the African Union Peace and Security Division (AU PSOD) and in cooperation with other training centres, to build capacity for Peace Support Operations (PSOs) at the Member State, Regional Economic Community (REC) /Regional Mechanism (RM) and AU continental levels.
In commemoration of Africa Day, on Monday 25 May 2015 the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) at its Durban offices. The guest speaker, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, gave a presentation entitled 'I am an African: Identity in Africa – reflections on a pan-African future'. The talk was preceded by the screening of former South African President Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' speech, given on 8 May 1996 in parliament upon the adoption of South Africa's Constitution. Mr Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, shared the panel with Ambassador Nhlapo as a respondent.
To build on the successes of the past, knowledge must be captured and transferred. This applies equally to sensitive areas such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. In a key step towards the development of an African body of knowledge, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Department has embarked on the development of a Compendium of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) experiences on the African continent as well as on the development of a DDR training manual. This is part of an AU DDR Capacity Program being implemented in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank - Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program (TDRP). Conflicts have economic consequences and challenge the development of peace, security and development.
ACCORD has participated in the 26th Gender in my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) and Member States to support the empowerment of women in all spheres of society.
The Humanitarian Affairs Division within the Department of the Political Affairs of the African Union Commission organized a consultative meeting from 26-27 May 2015 which was held in Midrand, South Africa for the Southern Africa Regional for the Development of a Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness. ACCORD/TfP attended the Consultation, having been involved in humanitarian effectiveness, more particularly in relation to peacekeeping issues and protection of civilians. The consultation follows the 2013 Civil Military Coordination Roundtable which aimed at examining the progress on Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) on the African environment.
The concept of human security, which draws from, the freedom from fear, freedom from want, and freedom to live in dignity, is crucial to peace operations. In this light, TfP/ACCORD attended a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Civil Society and Security Sector Engagement for Human Security conducted by the Eastern Mennonite University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute. The ToT took place in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 8-12 June 2015.
ACCORD in collaboration with the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA), hosted a Mission Support Training Harmonisation Workshop from 4-7 May 2015 in Durban, South Africa. The workshop sought to build on the Civilian Peacekeepers Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya, 2-5 December 2013) and the Police Pre-Deployment (Accra, 6-9 May 2014) Training Harmonisation and Standardisation workshops.
The Common Market for East and Central Africa (COMESA) and the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen collaboration in the area of peace and security. The MoU, was signed on the margins of the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union in Johannesburg, South Africa by Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General of COMESA and Mr. Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD. The signing of the MoU has come at a time that COMESA Programme on Peace and Security commences implementation of its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. It has also come at a time that both organisations strive to support the target that was set by the 21st Ordinary Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union to silence the guns on the continent by 2020, as captured in Vision 2020.
The 25th African Union Summit is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7 to 15 June 2015, with the Heads of State meeting over 14 and 15 June. The Summit Theme is: "Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063".
- ACCORD contributes to developing the capacity of civil society in South Sudan
- ACCORD's Peacemaking Unit contributes to Central African Republic National Forum
- TfP/ACCORD participate in IAPTC Executive Committee meeting ahead of 2015 IAPTC Annual Conference
- TfP/ACCORD support ongoing AU African Standby Force focus on the civilian dimension
- East Africa Regional Consultations on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture
- 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
- ACCORD Internal Staff Seminar appraises United States foreign policy
- Sudanese CSO’s Review United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture in South Sudan
- Gender Perspective Training by ACCORD for Peace Support Operations on the Continent
- Establishment of Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal
- ACCORD hosts roundtable on peace building in Liberia
- ACCORD at second African Think Tank summit
- ACCORD represented at World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD support African Standby Capacity Integrated Human Resource and Database Training Course
- ACCORD discuss MoU with IGAD in support of peace and security in the region
- ACCORD attend 2015 TfP AGM in Olso
- ACCORD publishes policy & practice brief on the eve of Nigeria's highly anticipated election
- ACCORD host launch of Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu biography
- ACCORD Trustee Ambassador Modise recognized at the inaugural Ubuntu Awards