'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges'
25–26 July 2014
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in partnership with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) is organising the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference under the theme 'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges'.
ACCORD is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD's work involves interventions in conflict situations in Africa through mediation and negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis. ACCORD works across the continent, from SADC in the South, through the Great Lakes region to the Horn of Africa and West Africa. The United Nations has recognised ACCORD's approach of intervention, research, training and early warning as a viable model for conflict prevention and transformation on the continent. Since 1992, ACCORD has trained over 20,000 people in conflict management and conflict resolution skills, focusing on all sectors: government and the public service, business, military and police, and civil society. ACCORD is part of the growing momentum for an African Renaissance.
CAPCR was established in 1996 at California State University, Sacramento, to provide conflict resolution and reconciliation services for agencies, governments, institutions, businesses, civil society and community organisations and other groups through training, education, research, and intervention. CAPCR develops curricular/materials and provides training on mediation, negotiation, arbitration, peace education, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and other conflict resolution services for governmental and non-governmental organisations, business and community groups, public and private agencies, educational institutions and allied professional associations in the United States and Africa. CAPCR is renowned as the leader on ADR in Africa, and has established and/or assisted in the creation and support of conflict resolution institutions, organisations and programmes in Africa, resulting in the International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference – since 1998, with major focus on ADR.
The Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference will be held from 25–26 July 2014 at Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. This international summit will seek to address a gap in knowledge and research on various ADR mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact on reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa. Within this context, the conference will attempt to identify best practices, common challenges and prospects in addition to providing space for networking, self-assessment, reflection and innovation among approximately 80 practitioners, academics, policymakers, and donors participating in the event. The conference will be held in English.
Abstract submissions were accepted until 20 March 2014; while full papers were due by 1 July 2014.
Participants are required to pay a registration fee of US$100 for the conference and US$35 for the closing gala dinner (optional) by no later than 10 July 2014. The conference fee covers the venue, conference materials, lunches as well as mid-morning and afternoon tea for the duration of the conference.
Once registered, participants will receive a Draft Programme as well as an Information Note containing banking details and more information on the conference, proposed accommodation, ground transport and other logistics.
Participants are responsible for their own visa, travel and lodging arrangements. The Information Note will have details regarding accommodation, ground transportation, and other useful information for your stay in Johannesburg.
Participants are encouraged to stay at the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, where the conference will take place, as public transport and traffic in Johannesburg may pose a challenge to those residing far from the conference venue.
The conference organisers have negotiated a special rate for conference participants choosing to stay at Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton. When making your booking, please mention that you are a delegate of the ACCORD/CAPCR-hosted conference.
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton: Standard Single Room at R1,250.00 per night (B&B)
20 Maude Street, Sandown 2196, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tel: + 27 (0)11 322 5000
International participants are encouraged to arrange their arrival in Johannesburg no later than the evening of Thursday, 24 July 2014 and departure starting from the morning of 27 July 2014.
Should you have any conference-related queries, please contact Ms Shalima Pursotham
Tel: +27 31 502 3908
News release on the conference.