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22 Oct 2017 description

Efforts at shifting the continent towards decolonial peace

BY SIPHAMANDLA ZONDI

25 May 2016 description

The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.

Introduction

21 Oct 2015 description

As security threats in Somalia perpetuate, and its government celebrates gains made in recapturing ungovernable territory previously under al-Shabaab, the number of external actors supporting the Federal Government of Somalia is surging.

16 Oct 2014 description

Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (SEA) are fundamental violations of humanitarian and protection principles of civilians during armed conflict. While any violations or abuses of power are the responsibility of the individual, the deploying entity also has a responsibility to ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to prevent and address misconduct on the part of its personnel.

07 Jan 2013 description

The Beginning

Over the past twenty years, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) has evolved into an organisation that successfully promotes reflection, education and intervention in African conflicts.

06 Nov 2012 description

Foreword

Jannie Malan

This is a special issue on the African Union (AU), published in the year when our continental Union is celebrating ten years of its existence. The articles included in this issue are not focused on mere birthday praises and wishes, however. They contain frank descriptions and discussions of problems, policies and procedures. They do acknowledge improvements and successes, but they also deal with challenges and failures.

30 Jun 2012 description

The international community is increasingly engaged in complex tasks aimed at providing wider support to societies emerging from conflict. An issue that has become central in such contexts is the protection of civilians under threat. this is not a recent approach. It has evolved over time based on the development of several mechanisms of practice and policy frameworks. More recently, civilian protection has gained momentum within the context of complex peacekeeping mandates.

11 Jun 2012 description

ACCORD is 20 years old this year. Have we succeeded in our mission? The answer is a resounding YES! Our experience has taught us that Africa's conflicts are complex, multi-faceted social phenomena that require skilled interventions and political will. Our response is therefore not complacency but a renewed determination to examine our efforts, assess our successes and failures, examine our context to understand the nature of the societies we engage with and consequently grasp how these conflicts will manifest themselves.

20 Aug 2009 description

Editorial

by vasu gounden

In the last nine months, there have been several major armed crises in the world. These crises included the massive onslaught of Russian forces against Georgian forces, the Sri Lankan government forces against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, Israeli forces against the forces of Hamas, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government forces against the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) forces of rebel leader, General Laurent Nkunda.

31 Jul 2009 description

Workshop report, Nairobi July 2009

This is a summary report of discussions at a workshop held in Nairobi on 1 July 2009, as part of a Conciliation Resources Accord project looking at Somali peace processes. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Interpeace.

The project is evaluating different approaches to conflict resolution between Somali and international peace initiatives in order to inform the development of more complementary and effective peacemaking strategies.