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.