n Conflict Trends - ACCORD's peacemaking work in Africa : mediation support initiatives

Volume 2012, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Conflict in the 21st century Africa reflects the growing role of peacemaking as intervention. Despite the upsurge of various types of conflicts in the recent past, there have been credible efforts towards concerted peacemaking especially by the continental body, the African Union (AU), as well as by regional economic communities (RECs). While the regional organisations continue to gain prominence in peacemaking, it is evident that they have limited capacity and expertise. hence the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in enhancing peace processes. Operating in Track II diplomacy, CSOs are undoubtedly important actors in the quest for peace in any environment. The motivation for civil society's involvement in peace processes is also provided by Lederach who proffers a pyramid approach to peacebuilding. This is multi-layered and includes multiple actors such as governments, civil society and grassroots organisations. Sustainable peacebuilding is achievable when all actors, including civil society, participate in peace processes.

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