ACCORD publishes report on the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
16 Feb 2015
African, European and American academics and practitioners exchange knowledge and discuss alternative resolution dispute mechanisms in Africa.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento, have published a report on the proceedings of the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference. The symposium, which was co-hosted by ACCORD and CAPCR, was convened under the theme ‘Alternative dispute resolution and peace studies in Africa: Lessons, prospects and challenges’, and held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 25 and 26 July 2014.
The event provided an important platform for African, European and American academics and practitioners working in the fields of conflict and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to share knowledge and discuss the theory and practice of ADR in Africa.
Specifically, the forum allowed presenters to examine and discuss the various applications of ADR in terms of, inter alia, facilitated dialogue, mediation, negotiation and arbitration; as well as the efficacy and applicability of traditional African conflict resolution mechanisms within this paradigm.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Peacebuilding can be defined as the lengthy process of ensuring that conflict does not occur in politically volatile regions. The process can either be preventative, taking place before the conflict has a chance to arise, or post-conflict, in order to maintain the peace after the initial fighting has subsided. The Peacebuilding Programme at ACCORD conducts work with numerous civil society and peacebuilding organisations across Africa as part of a multi-faceted solution to conflict in the continent’s most war-torn countries.
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