n Conflict Trends - Burundi : the path to peace consolidation

Volume 2012, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


2013 will mark ten years since the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) intervened in Burundi. This will be a milestone in the path to supporting and building sustainable peace in the country. It is also a milestone for an organisation that is currently celebrating 20 years of peacemaking. ACCORD's experience in the Burundi peace process as well as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has ensured that its capacity for supporting peacemaking on the African continent is now firmly entrenched. In tracking and analysing conflicts across the continent, Burundi was already on the list of countries being monitored by ACCORD. As South Africa emerged from its own transition with rich lessons, ACCORD's work in Burundi commenced with an exchange programme for Burundian parliamentarians and diplomats with their South African counterparts. ACCORD's collaboration with Burundi began in earnest and the organisation's ability to coordinate and facilitate such exchange programmes is now one of its trade mark strategies for conflict resolution and confidence-building with a range of political actors in Africa.

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