Melody Siangombe is a Programme Officer of the Peacemaking Unit at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). She supports the unit Coordinator in planning and implementing all unit initiatives, as well as conducting research related to peace and security in Africa.
Siangombe holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science (Cum Laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Prior to joining ACCORD, she was attached to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Political Science where she carried out several tasks as a teaching assistant for the department, as well as working as a Head Tutor. She has also worked at the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council of Churches’ Provincial Advocacy Office (KNZCC-CPAO) where she was involved in lobbying and advocacy work.
Siangombe’s areas of interest are rooted in the social studies, which inspires her research areas of focus: youth and conflict, gender issues, as well as resource allocation and governance. An extract from her dissertation, published by Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation was published with the title ‘Land policy in southern Africa: A human security concern? A case study of South Africa and Zimbabwe’. Siangombe has also co-authored a Policy & Practice Brief entitled ‘Mediating peace in Africa: Enhancing the role of southern African women in mediation’ that was published by ACCORD.
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