Policy & Practice Briefs

The Policy & Practice Brief series forms part of ACCORD's knowledge production work to inform peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. They aim to provide succinct, rigorous and accessible recommendations to policy makers and practitioners and to stimulate informed and relevant debate to promote dialogue as a way to peacefully resolve conflict. Each issue draws on field research or the outcomes of thematic events, with analysis underpinned by rigorous research, academic theory and methods. 

Making Deals for Peace

The Peace and Justice Dilemma

Policy and Practice Brief 8

Conflict mediators must constantly balance issues of peace and justice when designing peace agreements. This paper probes how peace and justice, two distinct but interrelated concepts, interact within the African peacebuilding context. Examining the different manifestations of peace and justice in post-conflict environments provides policymakers and stakeholders alike with frameworks for future peace agreements.

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Abyei: From a Shared Past to a Contested Future

Policy and Practice Brief 7

The Sudanese region of Abyei currently sits at the centre of a conflict between the north and south of what was Africa’s largest state.While analysts have described the situation in Abyei as “an intractable conflict”, this policy brief examines the current impasse, its historical context and the options available for breaking the deadlock and forestalling further conflict.

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A Regional Approach to Peacebuilding

The Mano River Region

Policy and Practice Brief 6

Contemporary conflict creates a web of interlocking conflicts involving the transfer of populations, arms, armies, finances, and conflict goods across increasingly porous borders. This Policy and Practice Brief emanates from the Mano River Region: Peacebuilding Challenges, Prospects and Interventions workshop hosted by ACCORD’s African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP), in Monrovia, Liberia, on 27-29 October, 2010.

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It’s not just Xenophobia

Factors that lead to violent attacks on foreigners in South Africa and the role of the government

Policy and Practice Brief 5

This Policy and Practice Brief examines the trend of burgeoning xenophobia in South Africa and suggests what could be done to contribute to its eradication.

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Beyond the signature

Appraisal of the Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement (GPA) and Implications for Interventions

Policy and Practice Brief 4

This Policy and Practice Brief assesses the outcomes of the GPA, appraises the performance of the Government of National Unity and examines the implications of the Zimbabwe situation on sustainable peace in Southern Africa. It makes proposals and recommendations for action that could be taken by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), GPA principals, civil society and the international community towards addressing the current political stalemate in Zimbabwe.

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Mediating to Governments of National Unity

A conflict transformative approach

Policy and Practice Brief 3

This brief provides insights into the spate of Governments of National Unity (GNU) emerging in Africa and recommends actions towards sustainable conflict transformation..

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Who said it was simple?

Implementing 1325

Policy and Practice Brief 2

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights into UN Resolution 1325, and impact of conflict and violence on women. It forms part of ACCORD’s knowledge production work to inform peace.

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Strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence

Considerations for policy

Policy and Practice Brief 1

This Policy and Practice Brief offers insights for policymakers regarding strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence. It forms part of ACCORD’s research and interventions on elections and violence. Our work seeks to inform interventions by governments and civil society and assist to prevent and manage electoral violence.

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