ACCORD has, over the last twenty-seven years, supported the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) such as SADC, IGAD and ECCAS to resolve protracted conflict throughout Africa.
Having supported peace processes in several countries across Africa, ACCORD recognises the importance of building local and national capacities to support and sustain peace processes. ACCORD has found that once peace agreements are reached, or during an on-going peace process, (which are generally brokered by the UN, regional organisations like the African Union (AU), or sub-regional organisations like the RECs) sustaining the peace process is left to local actors. They, most often, do not have the necessary skills to manage local and national conflicts that threaten a concluded peace agreement or threaten an on-going peace process.
Since 1990, a huge investment has been made in building the peace and security architecture of the UN, AU, and RECs/Regional Mechanisms. While this was necessary and has to continue, the gap remains with the lack of investment in building effective local and national capacities. ACCORD aims to bridge this gap by strengthening the conflict management capacity of local and national actors.
An additional way of addressing the resources/content and skills gap is through the development of an online learning and information platform where ACCORD’s range of conflict management training resources and materials are readily available to the stakeholders we partner with.
In reaching a broad spectrum of beneficiaries, including civil society representatives, government officials, policy makers and academics, the online Portal will function as a repository on tools for conflict management, a platform for sharing best practices, lesson learned and information on current peace and security interventions on the continent, a community of practice and an e-learning space. Building sustainable peace in Africa is a long but necessary process and our goal is to build in-country capacity and ownership to ensure that local actors can replicate skills and work towards preventing conflict.
Building sustainable peace in Africa is a long but necessary process and our goal is to build in-country capacity and ownership to ensure that local actors can replicate skills and work towards preventing conflict.