The Peacemaking Unit

An analysis of conflicts in Africa between 1990 and 2010 shows a considerable decline in conflicts occurred on the continent during this period. This was due to many reasons, among them peacemaking interventions and advances in non-military forms of conflict resolution. Nonetheless, Africa today is still affected by armed conflicts that undermine efforts to bring about much needed sustainable socio-economic development that is required for the continent to effectively compete in the international arena. Peace and security is therefore a prerequisite for sustainable development on the continent. The prevention of violent conflict, and the promotion of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts is therefore vital. The field of Peacemaking plays an important role in this regard.

Over the last 23 years ACCORD's peacemaking activities have built mediation and mediation support capacity by providing mediation training to staff in the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), as well as individual Governments and civil society organisations. In addition, ACCORD has hosted seminars on mediation and produced various publications to inform and influence the field. The institution's experience places it as a leading African actor in the field of peacemaking.

ACCORD's Peacemaking Unit (PMU) implements projects aimed at strengthening the mediation support capacity of the AU and the RECs. Additionally, through the development of training curricula (including the AU mediation handbook) and conducting mediation training for AU and RECs staff, the PMU plays a key role in the development of mediation approaches and techniques on the African continent.

Overall Goal and Objectives

The overall goal of the Peacemaking Unit is the prevention of violent conflict, and the promotion of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent.

The Unit has the following specific objectives that contribute towards the overall goal:

  • To build capacity on the African continent for conflicts to be resolved peacefully;
  • To assist in establishing and to support peacemaking frameworks in continental, regional and national institutions;
  • To promote mediation, negotiation and facilitation as effective peacemaking tools in Africa;
  • To initiate, organise and implement peacemaking activities;
  • To support already existing peacemaking interventions towards the reaching of sustainable agreements;
  • To establish a core team of rapid deployment associates who can be deployed at a short notice in major peacemaking interventions in Africa; and
  • To analyse and engage with relevant peacemaking initiatives in Africa with a view to producing detailed information, data and viewpoints that inform peacemaking developments on the continent.

Responses to Conflict

Following the monitoring, tracking and analysis of conflict situations the Peacemaking Unit implements the following initiatives as considered appropriate towards meeting the needs on the ground:

  • Capacity building in conflict analysis, negotiation and mediation;
  • Confidence building initiatives, including study tours and the agent of reality presentation;
  • Interventions, including the facilitation of dialogue and mediations;
  • Intervention support which includes strategy development, process design, mediation support, capacity building, and confidence building initiatives; and
  • Policy development.

Projects and Programmes

Towards reaching its overall goal the Peacemaking Unit implements the following Projects and Programmes:

Publications

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ACCORD facilitates a workshop for women leaders in Central African Republic on mediation and negotiation

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), organised a three-day workshop on 3-5 December 2015, in Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR).

11-12-2015 in Peacemaking

ACCORD hosts Fifth International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa

ACCORD together with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, based at Uppsala University and Indevelop, a Swedish consultancy working for sustainable social development, has for the last 18 months been undertaking a International Training Programme on Peace and Security...

07-12-2015 in Peacemaking

Mediation is crucial to African Union efforts on terrorism and armed groups in Africa

Globally the nature and perception of terrorism and extremism have evolved over time. The current evolution in international counter-terrorism policies is a shift away from a militarised strategy. African engagement in these debates is essential, based on its distinctive experience...

09-11-2015 in Peacemaking

Taking the relationship further: ACCORD and SADC operationalise a MoU

On the 22nd of April 2015, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU aims at encouraging collaboration between the two organisations to...

03-09-2015 in Peacemaking

ACCORD's Peacemaking Unit contributes to Central African Republic National Forum

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...

10-06-2015 in Peacemaking

ACCORD contributes to Fifth Annual High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability…

The solid partnership that ACCORD continues to share with the African Union (AU) recently flourished at the Fifth Annual High-Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability in Africa. Themed 'Silencing the Guns...

28-10-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD facilitates capacity building for COMESA Electoral Management Bodies Forum on Election and Mediation

In line with its objective of providing training in the skills of negotiation, conflict prevention, resolution and management, ACCORD - in partnership with the African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) - has organised...

16-10-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD publishes AU Mediation Support Handbook

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the African Union (AU) collaborated to produce the AU Mediation Support Handbook. The recently published handbook is a general reference and field study guide for mediation teams and lead...

16-10-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD publishes report on 4th AU High Level Retreat on the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa

The latest publication by the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) articulates information and ideas generated from the proceedings of the Fourth African Union (AU) High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa, which...

16-10-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD leads session at Inaugural Meeting of new members of the African Union Panel of the Wise

ACCORD has contributed to the Inaugural Meeting of the Panel of the Wise (PW) by leading an interactive session on conflict trends in Africa. The Meeting, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 16-17 September, was organised by the...

15-10-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD facilitates key COMESA forum meetings in Seychelles

In recognition of the support that it has provided to the African Union and Regional Economic Communities in the last 22 years, ACCORD has continued to be invited to participate in high level forums in the continent in order to...

30-07-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD participates in African Union mediation support capacity strategy meeting in Addis Ababa

ACCORD's commitment to support the mediation capacity of the African Union (AU) continues to be reinforced through the implementation of a three year project titled the AU Mediation Support Capacity Project and which is in its second phase. The project...

23-06-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD supports Joint Solidarity Mission in Central African Republic

ACCORD, through its Peacemaking Unit, has provided technical support to a two-day joint solidarity mission to the Central African Republic (CAR). The mission, which was co-led by Mme Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Mme...

09-06-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD hosts 9th Mediation Support Network Meeting in Durban

ACCORD's commitment to work with like-minded entities to contribute to the advancement of the practice of mediation was further illustrated when it hosted the 9th meeting of the Mediation Support Network (MSN). The MSN is a global network of primarily...

14-05-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD hosts training workshop for ECCAS mediation experts in Durban

In line with its objective of providing training in the skills of negotiation, conflict prevention, resolution and management, ACCORD, in partnership with the African Union (AU) and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), has hosted a capacity building workshop...

14-05-2014 in Peacemaking

ACCORD participates in IGAD Conference to Launch Gender Milestones

In line with its commitment to promote gender equality and gender-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and conflict management, ACCORD participated in an Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Conference to Launch Gender Milestones. The milestones are the Regional Strategy for Higher Representation...

08-11-2013 in Peacemaking

ACCORD participates in SADC Regional Consultation on Building National Peace Infrastructures

In fulfilling its mandate of providing support to national, regional and continental frameworks as well as initiatives aimed at conflict prevention and mediation, ACCORD, through its Peacemaking Unit, has participated in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Consultation on...

04-11-2013 in Peacemaking

ACCORD trains Zimbabwean Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum in mediation and dialogue skills

In consistency with its objectives to contribute to the strengthening of national infrastructures for peace in Africa, ACCORD has delivered training on advance mediation and dialogue skills to participants drawn from the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (ECLF) in Zimbabwe. The...

19-09-2013 in Peacemaking