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.
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".
The political dialogue in CAR, currently coordinated by the Transitional CAR Government, the International Contact Group (ICG-CAR) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), was composed of a series of international meetings in order to support the dialogue and reconciliation process.
ACCORD continues to work with the African Union in its focus on developing the civilian dimension of current African peace support operations. Through its Training for Peace Programme (TfP/ACCORD), ACCORD supported the recent AU African Standby Force (ASF) Civilian Dimension Workshop in Lusaka, which aimed at taking stock and reflecting on the work and progress of the civilian dimension process since the endorsement by the 3rd Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence Safety and Security (STCDSS).
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 African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted a training on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development in Juba, South Sudan from 29-31 May 2015 for National Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) – one of the key stakeholders in peacebuilding in the country. The main objective of the training was to build the CSOs' understanding of the interaction between their initiatives and the convalescent nature of the South Sudanese grassroots peacebuilding context.
As current Civilian Chair of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) Executive Committee, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in the 2015 IAPTC Executive Committee Meeting that brought together a small group of peacekeeping training practitioners and experts who are tasked with planning the 2015 IAPTC Annual conference.
In collaboration with the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Architecture, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) organised two-day regional Consultations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 11 – 12 May 2015. The Consultations served as a way to receive inputs from key regional players on what is needed for successful peacebuilding in the Horn & East Africa and beyond in terms of regional dynamics of conflict and current challenges.
- 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
- Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking
- TfP/ACCORD participate in expert workshop on impact of peacekeeping training on peace and security in West Africa
- Lesotho elections the topic of discussion at recent ACCORD internal staff seminar
- TfP/ACCORD supports African Regional Consultation Seminar on UN Peace Operations Review
- ACCORD discuss gender normative frameworks and nuanced challenges to gender parity and empowerment in Africa ahead of International Women's Day