The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (A.C.C.O.R.D.) is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.
The primary aim of ACCORD is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, conflict analysis and conflict prevention. They intervene in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis. For the past 25 years, the organisation has been building the capacity of Africa’s leaders to resolve conflict and to address the underlying political barriers to growth and stability.
The Institute’s interventions approach is recognised by the UN as a viable model for supporting peace. In September 2005, ACCORD became the first African NGO in history to address the UN Security Council.
Vision Of A.C.C.O.R.D.
The vision of ACCORD is supported by 6 strategic pillars which seek to reinforce the institutional capacity of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities to:
- Prevent and peacefully resolve conflicts;
- To strengthen local and national capacities for peace to promote their proactive engagement in peace processes;
- To enhance the role of women to influence, lead and participate in peace processes;
- To increase the participation of youth;
- To increase knowledge, policy support for, and the integration of the drivers of conflict;
- To contribute to strengthening the early warning and conflict prevention mechanisms on the conflict.
This vision informs ACCORDs strategic intent to use resources and programmes to continue to play a meaningful role in developing mechanisms and capabilities to respond, manage and transform conflicts.
Objectives of A.C.C.O.R.D.
ACCORD is guided by these objectives:
- To facilitate the introduction of, support for, and sustainability of conflict management interventions in conflict affected societies;
- To utilise the analysis of conflict to conceptualise programmes in conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding;
- To enhance policy, research and practice in the field of conflict management and to contribute towards sustainable peace and development in Africa and beyond.
Africa Peace Award
ACCORD instituted the Africa Peace Award in 1993 to to recognise those communities, institutions or individuals in South Africa through whose efforts conflict was turned to peace.
In 1995 the Award was extended to the whole of Africa, in the hope that it would promote peace, create role models and instill a sense of pride in the people of the African Continent. These are the past winners of this prestigious award:
- The nation of Sierra Leone (2010)
- The nation of Burundi (2006)
- The children of Africa (2003)
- The nation of Nigeria (2000)
- The nation of Mozambique (1997)
- Nelson Mandela (1995)
- The Community of Mpumalanga, South Africa (1993)
Each one of the award recipients have demonstrated significant effort in ensuring peace.
To learn more about A.C.C.O.R.D. and the wonderful work they are doing in ensuring peace in Africa, kindly visit their website.