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September 04, 2021. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Continental Secretariat Chief Executive Officer, Prof Eddy Maloka, and the Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Advocate Vasu Gounden signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between APRM and ACCORD. The objective of the MOU is to coordinate and jointly collaborate on activities which promote both parties and their common objectives and joint initiatives. The APRM CEO was accompanied by Adv. Batlokoa Makong, APRM Liaison Officer to the AU, Ms Clementine Nyinawumuntu, Researcher at APRM Thematic Research and Coordination Division while ACCORD Executive Director was accompanied by Mr Senzo Ngubane, General Manager Research and Ms Karishma Rajoo, Programme Manager.
The APRM CEO and ACCORD Executive Director discussed ACCORD’s analysis and prognosis of conflict dynamics in Africa, APRM’s strategy and activities on the Continent and collaboration between the two Institutions in line with their respective mandates. Furthermore, they discussed the APRM and ACCORD collaboration and agreed on areas of engagement. The two Institutions developed a Draft Programme of Action with clear timelines and deliverables to operationalize the MOU. Moreover, they agreed to meet virtually within a week to consider and endorse the Programme of Action.
About the APRM
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an autonomous entity of the African Union with the primary mandate of fostering practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development, as well as accelerated regional and continental integration. It seeks to rectify underlying deficiencies in governance and socioeconomic development processes among member states of the African Union by conforming to the agreed political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards contained in the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance. The APRM was adopted by African Heads of State and Government as a systematic peer learning and self-assessment mechanism originating from the NEPAD foundational document adopted in Durban, South Africa in July 2002.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a conflict management non-governmental Institution, headquartered in Durban, South Africa, working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. It was established in 1992 with the primary aim of influencing political development on the continent 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. We intervene in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.
Since 1992, ACCORD has played an integral role in conflict resolution activities across Africa. As an Institute operating in the field of conflict prevention, resolution, and management, ACCORD specifically intervenes through mediation, negotiation and training activities. For the past 29 years, the institution has been building the capacity of Africa’s leaders to resolve conflict and to address the underlying political barriers to growth.
According to the University Pennsylvania Think Tank and Civil Society Programme (TTCSP) Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports, ACCORD is ranked 1st in Africa and among the 100 top Think Tanks globally.
For inquiries please contact: Liziwe Masilela (Head of Communications APRM)