Good leadership is essential in the quest for durable peace. Through decades of service, Salim Ahmed Salim, former prime minister of Tanzania, former secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), peace negotiator and former member of the African Union's Panel of the Wise, exemplifies the best in ethical and visionary African leadership.
The International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) is a training and research institution, focused on capacity building at strategic, operational and tactical levels for peace operations within the context of the African Peace and Security Architecture. As an organisation that shares similar objectives, ACCORD was invited to attend IPSTC's annual symposium for 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The International Peace Support Centre (IPSTC) in collaboration with the Spanish and Dutch Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs under the Spanish-Dutch Training Initiative on Gender in Operations organized the Gender Perspective in Peace Support Operations course: A Comprehensive Approach. The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) supported the training through facilitation of sessions in the one week course that was held in Nairobi Kenya from 27-31 October 2014. This support contributed to the adequate preparation of the civilians, police and military officers from the East African Region as well as from other regions of Africa who are expected to be part of the capabilities of the Africa Standby Force (ASF) ahead of the Full Operation Capability in 2015. TfP/ACCORD's strategic goal aims to strengthen the African Union's capacity and capability to plan, manage and implement peace support operations on the continent through support to the development of the ASF – Africa's future peace operations standby capacity.
The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) programme at ACCORD participated in the Regional Senior Mission Leaders (RSML) course that was held from 13 to 24 October 2014 in International Peace and Support Training Centre (IPSTC). The Senior Mission Leaders (SML) Course is aimed at preparing ccurrent and potential senior mission leaders in the role and responsibilities of senior leaders in complex peacekeeping operations to plan, prepare, manage and direct peacekeeping operations, in order to effectively fulfil their mandates. The regional course which took place in Nairobi Kenya, was designed to strengthen senior mission leadership in EASF and other regions within the framework of African Standby Force (ASF).
The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD makes connections between the vicious cycles of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North and South Kivu provinces (the Kivus) and the intractable conflicts in the DRC. Written by Joyce Muraya and ACCORD's John Ahere, Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold places the Kivus at the epicentre of the crisis in the DRC and persisting insecurity in the Great Lakes region as a whole.
The African Union (AU) Commission is currently finalising the work conducted with the Regional Economic Committees (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) on the establishment of the AU Civilian Standby Roster. This roster is to serve as the integrated continental platform for the generation, retention and utilization of civilian capacities on a standby basis for deployment across a range of peace and security operations, including mediation missions, peace support operations, and post-conflict reconstruction and development undertakings. In the near future, the AU civilian roster database will be tested and opened to the RECs and RMs for usage, through the regional roster focal points. To date, four regions are staffed with roster focal points, with the exception of the Northern African Regional Capability (NARC). As a result, the AU is supporting NARC to develop its civilian component in order to correspond with this schedule.
At the invitation of the African Union Commission's (AUC) Department for Political Affairs, ACCORD has participated in the Third Annual High Level Dialogue on 'Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa: Trends, Challenges, Prospects and Opportunities' convened on 30 and 31 October 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme 'Silencing the guns: Strengthening governance to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in Africa'. The retreat was held with the understanding that development failure and governance deficits lie at the heart of Africa's violent conflicts. It followed similar consultations focusing on youth and gender which aimed to gauge, together with the relevant constituencies, what needs to be done to silence the guns on the continent by 2020.
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.
The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD participated at the 2014 Annual Challenges Forum. The Challenges Forum is a platform to discuss the strategic and dynamic exchange of experiences, ideas, best practices, and proposals to positively influence the peacekeeping practice and approaches through debate and research. The purpose of this year's Challenges Forum is to discuss the emergence of non-traditional threats in peacekeeping missions.
The solid partnership that ACCORD continues to share with the African Union (AU) recently flourished at the Fifth Annual High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability in Africa. Themed 'Silencing the Guns – Owning the Future,' the Retreat was held in the Tanzanian city of Arusha from 21-23 October 2014. The Retreat was organised by the AU and hosted by the government of the United Republic of Tanzania. ACCORD and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) provided technical support to the event.
The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) have participated in an Integrated Gender and SGBV Course for Police Advisors in Peace Missions. The course seeks to build the foundational knowledge, skills and personal qualities of participants to more effectively support the women, peace and security mandate of United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peacekeeping missions; as part of their daily duties and responsibilities in peacekeeping operations, considering the rule of law (ROL), UN and international standards and best practices regarding gender equality, human rights, and SGBV prevention and response. The experience TfP/ACCORD gained from this high level training will strengthens the capacity of its Peacekeeping Unit to disseminate and deliver trainings on Gender and SGBV in the context of peacekeeping. This course is part of a broader process to support the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO), Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO), UN Peace Missions in Africa, and AU's efforts at developing capacity for gender training.
- ACCORD/TfP co-ordinate Leadership Capacity Building and Strategy Formulation Workshop on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for AMISOM
- TfP/ACCORD participate at AUC-OHCHR Joint Consultative Meeting on Cooperation on Human Rights in Peace Operations
- TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Mission Planning and Mission Support Training Harmonization and Standardization Workshop
- TfP/ACCORD undertakes research on role of the Civilian Component in AU Peace Support Operations
- ACCORD facilitates capacity building for COMESA Electoral Management Bodies Forum on Election and Mediation
- ACCORD publishes AU Mediation Support Handbook
- ACCORD publishes report on 4th AU High Level Retreat on the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa
- ACCORD leads session at Inaugural Meeting of new members of the African Union Panel of the Wise
- ACCORD participates in dialogue on role of parliamentarians in managing migration for development
- ACCORD’s Jannie Malan participates in inter-religious dialogue on the way to peace
- ACCORD's Training Unit collaborates with IGAD to train women mediators from Sudan and South Sudan
- ACCORD trains Burundi youth leaders in election dispute management
- ACCORD participates in UNDP experts consultation to critically review reconciliation as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peacebuilding
- ACCORD at validation workshop on Draft African Transitional Justice Policy Framework
- TfP/ACCORD participates in TfP field research on policing in peace operations in Africa, focussing on UNAMID
- Training of Trainers in International Humanitarian Law for Somali National Army Officers
- ACCORD publishes brief on Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda ahead of UN General Assembly meetings
- ACCORD trains SADC military, police and civilians in mediation, negotiation and gender in peace support operations
- ACCORD receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace
- ACCORD partners with UN Peacebuilding Fund for workshop on Political Nature of Peacebuilding