Preparing the South African Army for future peace missions

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Cedric de Coning, a Research Fellow with ACCORD’s Peace Operations Unit, has been invited to address a select group of officers from the South African Army on “Preparing the South African Army Future Peace Missions” on 16 March in Tswane, South Africa. The briefing has been arranged in the context of the Army’s Vision 2020 project. 

DPKO Peacekeeping Doctrine Workshop

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ACCORD’s Peace and Security Unit Programme Manager, Karishma Rajoo, will represent ACCORD at a UN workshop entitled, “Peacekeeping-Peacebuilding Interface: Core Tasks, Objectives and Emerging Doctrine for UN Peace Operations - With Special Reference to Lessons Learned in Africa.” The workshop will be held in Accra, Ghana from 15-17 March 2007, and is coordinated by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF).

ACCORD and partners to launch African Alliance for Peace-Building

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On 20 February 2007, after two days of deliberations about the current and future challenges facing Africa generally, and the peace-building field, and specifically ACCORD, in partnership with the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa (NPI-Africa) and the West African Network for Peace-building (WANEP), signed a Memorandum of Understanding documenting the intention of the three organizations to establish a forum called The African Alliance for Peace-building (AfAP). The aim of the forum will be to address common concerns that confront the field of peace-building in Africa.

Having worked together on the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) process leading up to the Global Conference that was held at the United Nations in New York in July 2005, ACCORD, NPI-Africa and WANEP had the opportunity to work together, along with other regional African NGO’s, to articulate a common position on conflict prevention and peace-building. This was further strengthened by ongoing collaboration that resulted in the Africa Consultation in Nairobi and the drafting of the All Africa Agenda.

It is intended that the forum shall be coordinated by a steering committee comprised of a representative from each of the founding parties. The role of convener will rotate on an annual basis among the three parties; the first convener is Mr. George Wachira, Senior Research and Policy Advisor, NPI-Africa.

The forum is based on three principles:

  1. Addressing common interests in the peace-building field in Africa;
  2. Refraining from engaging in activities that compete with those of its constituent members; and
  3. The modus operandi of the AfAP will be one of impartial engagement with state and non-state actors.

The forum has listed the following as its objectives:

  • Exploring, articulating and promoting ethical standards and foundational values for peace-building in Africa;
  • Providing a forum for mutual peer education and interrogation, promoting joint learning and reflection aimed at sharpening action and engaging with common challenges facing peace-building practice and peace-building organizations and networks; and
  • Developing strategies for and undertaking joint lobbying and advocacy with the AU, UN, financial institutions and funding partners.

The immediate focus of the steering committee will be to develop membership criteria and a list of potential activities.

 


L-R standing: Dorothy Ndung’u, Programme Coordinator: Research, Learning and Policy, NPI-Africa; Kwezi Mngqibisa, Programme Manager: ACCORD; and Karabo Rajuili, Programme Assistant: Research Unit, ACCORD. L-R Seated: Emmanuel Bombande, Executive Director, WANEP; Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director, ACCORD and George Wachira, Senior Research and Policy Advisor, NPI-Africa.

As part of the GPPAC process, ACCORD was the first member of an African NGO in the history of the United Nations Security Council to address the Council. This was the second of three presentations that Vasu Gounden, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, made at the UN Headquarters in New York within a five month period in 2005. In July 2005 Mr. Gounden provided one of the closing addresses at the GPPAC Global Conference, and in December 2005 he was invited to address the UNSC at its seminar on cooperation between the UN and African regional organisations in the field of peace and security. In February 2005 ACCORD arranged the Southern African Regional Meeting for GPPAC, which was held in Pretoria, South Africa. ACCORD also served on the Southern African Regional Steering Committee. 

Conflict management for peacekeepers

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ACCORD’s Training for Peace (TfP) Programme is in the final stages of the development of its “Conflict Management for Peacekeepers” handbook. The handbook serves as a practical guide to managing conflict in contemporary complex peace operations, and provides a broad introduction to all aspects of conflict management.

Peace Operations in Africa

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On 1 March 2007, Cedric de Coning, a Research Fellow with ACCORD’s Peace Operations Unit, delivered a paper on “Peace Operations in Africa” at the Geneva Center for Security Policy’s European Training Course in Security Policy. 

2nd Annual Peacekeeping, Stability and Developmental Operations Africa 2007 Conference

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Cedric de Coning, a Research Fellow with ACCORD’s Peace Operations Unit, will chair the 2nd Annual Peacekeeping, Stability and Developmental Operations Africa 2007 Conference on Monday 12 March. He will deliver an opening address on “The Future of Peacekeeping: Challenges and Opportunities Over the Next Decade” and will contribute to the conference later in the day with a presentation on “Discussing the Development and Security Interface”.

Indian Consul visits ACCORD

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On 1 March the new Indian Consul General in Durban, Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, visited ACCORD House where he met with ACCORD Founder and Executive Director Mr. Vasu Gounden. The visit provided an opportunity to inform Mr Shringla about ACCORD’s programmatic work as well as plans for ACCORD’s Africa Peace Centre, to be built on the Bluff Headland overlooking the city of Durban.

ACCORD participates in Swedish security sector reform meeting

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The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, has been invited by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria to participate in an exploratory Security Sector Reform (SSR) meeting at the embassy on 5 March. The meeting is a pre-meeting to a bilateral seminar to be hosted by the Swedish National Defence College (SNDC) in Stockholm in June 2007.