Richard Kamidza, a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and Patrick Macrory, of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) based in Washington, USA, conducted a needs assessment mission with stakeholders in Botswana from 27 February-2 March, regarding the trade negotiation course ACCORD and the ISLP will run from 8 – 12 May 2006.
From 8-9 March, ACCORD will host a high level delegation of visiting parliamentarians from Iraq who are on a study tour of South Africa. The tour is being arranged by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation, which is based in Cape Town. The tour will take place from 6-11 March and will included meetings in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng.
The ACCORD Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme will host a Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Curriculum Development workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 6-7 March, which will involve a group of approximately 10International and African DDR experts.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from the 20-26 February. Mr Gounden has been invited by The Foundation for Co-existence to be a presenter at their Symposium that will be held from 22-23 February, entitled: “Peace Negotiations in Sri Lanka”.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, traveled to Jordan and Oman from 22-31 January. In Jordan Mr Gounden held meetings with ACCORD Trustee Professor Jairam Reddy, who is the Director of the United Nations University’s International Leadership Institute, and other individuals from the Institute to look at possible future synergies.
ACCORD undertook a five-day field research mission to Mogadishu, Somalia, from 17-25 of January, to consult with a variety of role players in Somalia in response to invitations to contribute to the transition in that country. Meetings were held with members of both the transitional government and civil society based in Mogadishu.
The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme has been invited by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to participate in their pre-deployment training for troops to be deployed to the United Nations Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI). The training will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 6-10 March, and the modules on Conflict Management for Peacekeepers and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) will be presented by the Programme at the course.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Ghana (KAIPTC) will shortly be conducting the fifth course in a training programme to equip Africans with civil-military coordination (CIMIC) skills, for deployment in peacekeeping missions.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, has been invited to attend the inaugural dinner for the Progressive Governance Summit which will be hosted on the evening of the 10th of February in Pretoria, South Africa. The dinner is being hosted by South African President Mr Thabo Mbeki.
The Training for Peace Programme Advisor, Mr Cedric de Coning, will deliver a paper on the "Civilian dimensions of Peace Operations – An Overview" on 6 February in Addis Ababa at an AU seminar on the Role of Civilian Components in Peace Support Operations. The seminar will serve as an orientation for AU staff on the civilian roles in peace operations with a view to preparing a series of workshops in 2006 and 2007 aimed at integrating the civilian dimension into the African Standby Force concept.
The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme Advisor and Senior Programme Officer will participate in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Policy Development Workshop. The workshop, co-hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Center (KAIPTC), will be held from 8-10 February 2006 in Accra, Ghana under the auspices of the TfP Programme.
- ACCORD participates in 54th UN-CMCOORD course
- SA local elections electoral code and peace pledge
- ACCORD hosts roundtable discussion with TV Paul
- Gounden to address UN on cooperation with African regional organisations
- Gounden in Burundi to meet government and civil society
- ACCORD to host GPPAC steering meeting