Research

The Knowledge Production Department's (KPD) research agenda typically focuses on conflict-related policy concerns and peace-oriented issues that can contribute to the intervention and training programmes undertaken by ACCORD and other implementing organisations working in the area of peace and conflict. KPD's research agenda, which is updated annually, is currently focused on the following thematic areas:

  • preventive action and peacebuilding
  • institutions and processes of peacemaking in Africa
  • the gender dimension in conflict and post-conflict societies
  • conflict tracking, monitoring and analysis

Recognising that academic debates and interventions are often insufficiently supported by findings from the field, ACCORD's research agenda is developed in such a way that it ensures synergies between the work of KPD and the implementing units in ACCORD's Interventions Department: the Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding units. Research activities also contribute to efforts to close the gap between theory and practice in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa, as well as adding to the body of knowledge about challenges to and opportunities for sustainable peace on the continent.

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ACCORD represented at seminar on regional perspectives on peacebuilding in Africa

Ahead of the comprehensive review of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) scheduled for 2015, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) jointly organised a seminar on 27 and 28...

20-12-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD Executive Director addresses AU Commission’s third high level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa

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...

26-11-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD Occasional Paper places DRC’s North and South Kivu provinces at epicentre of insecurity in Great Lakes region

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...

30-10-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD participates in dialogue on role of parliamentarians in managing migration for development

ACCORD was represented in the African-European Parliamentary Dialogue on Migration and Development which was co-hosted by the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Graça Machel Trust. The meeting was held on 2 and 3 October 2014 in...

13-10-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD’s Jannie Malan participates in inter-religious dialogue on the way to peace

As part of its work on religion and conflict, ACCORD was recently represented at the Community of Sant'Egidio's peace conference, which took place from 7 to 9 September 2014 in Belgium.

22-09-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD publishes brief on Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda ahead of UN General Assembly meetings

The latest publication by the ACCORD critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly relevant due to the fact that the MDGs will lapse...

09-09-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD co-hosts 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict…

The recently-held Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference provided an important platform for African and American academics and practitioners working in the fields of conflict and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to share knowledge and discuss the theory and...

11-08-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in workshop on regional and national statistical capacities for measuring peace, rule of law and governance

Peace, rule of law and governance are measurable and a key component of development indicators in Africa. This was the conclusion of a workshop held from 11–12 June 2014 at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hosted by...

11-07-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD’s Vasu Gounden presents Perspectives of African Non-state Actors during 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Union Peace and Security…

As a cornerstone in the African Union (AU)'s quest for peace and security on the continent and as one of the main pillars of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the Peace and Security Council (PSC) commemorated its 10th...

24-06-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD launches special issue of African Journal on Conflict Resolution in honour of HW van der Merwe

The last issue of ACCORD's African Journal on Conflict Resolution (AJCR) of 2013 (Vol 13, No 3) was a special one on the theme Then and now: Perspectives on conflict resolution in South Africa (in honour of H.W. van der...

21-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

Southern Africa non-state actors reflect on the work of the African Union Peace and Security Council ahead of its 10th…

Between 14 and 15 May 2014, ACCORD hosted a two-day consultative meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, bringing together Southern African non-state actors ahead of the 10th anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC). Titled Southern Africa Consultation on...

19-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Special Issue Launch

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is timely to recall some of the individuals and initiatives that helped to prompt the end of apartheid. Professor H.W. van der Merwe, described by the media as the man "who...

12-05-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD seminar focuses on alternate dispute resolution in run up to 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference

Within the context of heavy reliance on litigation by parties to disputes, the practicality of utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods in resolving conflict in Africa was the focus of an Internal Staff Seminar held on 20 January 2014 at...

25-02-2014 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD participates in GPPAC International Steering Group meeting

In an effort to address the shrinking space faced by civil society in several African countries, members of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) should strengthen collaboration and cooperation within and between the four GPPAC regional...

05-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD publishes paper examining successes and challenge of South Africa's mediation efforts in Zimbabwe

The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD analyses South Africa's facilitation approach to the inter-party negotiation process in Zimbabwe – from former President Thabo Mbeki's 'quiet diplomacy' to current President Jacob Zuma's assertive stance – amid competing domestic and international...

02-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD Brief discusses how South Sudan can achieve reconciliation without regret

The various options available to a country that wishes to face and address the legacy of grave crimes perpetrated against, and at times even by, its people in efforts to acquire justice for survivors of conflict are the focus of...

02-12-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in international conference on the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

ACCORD has participated in the International Conference on the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) with the aim of acquiring more in-depth understanding of the Rwandan experience as the ICTR prosecutorial mandate comes to an end, and...

28-11-2013 in Knowledge Production

ACCORD takes part in Africa Portal content partners' meeting

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) was recently represented in a meeting of African think tanks which aimed to discuss the way forward for the Africa Portal, an open access online knowledge resource for policy-related issues...

28-11-2013 in Knowledge Production