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The Guide examines the drivers and dynamics of inter and intra-state conflicts such as ethnicity and competition for natural resources. It also highlights current approaches and responses to conflict prevention and resolution and best practice in the design of security and peacebuilding programmes.
Reducing global violence by 50%

It is possible to reduce violence around the world by 50% in the next three decades, but only if we focus on cities - especially the most dangerous ones. That's the message delivered by Robert Muggah, research director of the Igarape Institute, at TED Global in October 2014. Robert has spent the past two decades working in cities wracked by conflict, crime and terrorism. He finds that "it's not so much nation states that are gripped by warfare and criminal violence but our cities; violence is migrating to the metropole."

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South Africa's cooperation and support to civilian capacities in the aftermath of conflict
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2014
Despite South Africa’s support for peace and security, and efforts to enhance civilian capacities in Africa, many of the country’s internal procedures, departments and processes necessary for the provision of adequate supp...
The African Union 2013 Golden Jubilee Retreat: 50 years of peacemaking in Africa – a critical retrospective of OAU/AU peacemaking
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2013
The Fourth African Union (AU) High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29 and 30 October 2013 under the theme ‘50 Years of peacemaking in Af...
Water wars: enduring myth or impending reality
H. Solomon; A. Turton / African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2000
Within the context of the South, water security does not simply translate into economic development, but also food security, and the very survival of states and their citizens. Under these circumstances, it is hardly surprising that t...
Playing for peace
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2010
With 2010 both the year of the World Cup and Peace and Security in Africa, ACCORD  issued this special publication on football, peace and development. Beyond the skills displayed by professional stars on the big stage, football o...
Opportunity or threat: the engagement of youth in African societies
G. Maina (ed) / African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2012
The unemployment crisis in Africa is a critical challenge to a majority of youth. This situation demands a clear policy framework, accompanied by clear budgetary allocations. The chapters in this monograph examine the dynamics of the ...
Integrating traditional and modern conflict resolution: experiences from selected cases in Eastern and the Horn of Africa
M. Mutisi (ed); K. Sansculotte-Greenidge (ed) / African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2012
Contemporary Africa is faced with the reality of numerous evolving states that have to grapple with the inevitability of conflict. On their own, the fledgling institutions in these states cannot cope with the huge demands unleashed by...
Southern Africa Consultation on the Occasion of the 10h Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2014
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is one of the main pillars of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) established in 2004. During the past decade, Africa has made significant strides in preventing, containing and resol...
Perspectives of African non-state actors on the work of the PSC
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2014
This paper was produced as part of the Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union 25 May 2014, Addis Ababa. It discusses regional consultations of non-state actors as a platform fo...
Climate change adaptation, conflict and cooperation: a diplomatic approach for Africa?
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2011
Thia paper provides a statement of outcomes from the COP17 High-Level Panel Discussion, Durban, South Africa, 6 December 2011. For the African continent to deal with potential security implications of climate change, regional cooperat...
An overview of the situation of women in conflict and post-conflict Africa
G. Maina / African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes, 2012
Conflict and post-conflict environments in Africa present unique challenges and opportunities for women. While violence and war periods have negative effects on women, it is suggested that ‘peace time’ has implications for...
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