Through the Great Lakes Project the partner organisations are developing background studies, thematic papers and policy analysis. Those project publications as well as relevant articles, videos or documents produced by partner organisations are featured below.
This Policy and Practice Brief seeks to analyse the conflict dynamics of the Great Lakes region, and proffers insights on Great Lakes Project interventions, approaches and empirical outcomes. It also seeks to outline present Great Lakes Project interventions, whilst putting forward a number of strategic recommendations. In contemporary terms, the Great Lakes region can be viewed as an environment saturated by conflict interventions and actors. These interventions have, however, achieved very little in the way of positive results. A key factor contributing to the lacklustre results of interventions is that issues in the region are analysed in a myriad different ways, by different actors, resulting in incoherent and uncoordinated approaches. There is, therefore, an urgent demand for actions towards a sustainable and community-owned peace and security agenda that is geared for inclusivity and long-term development.
Read full policy and practice brief here.
At the end of the 3,5 years Great Lakes Project, the project partners, NPI-Africa, ACCORD and GPPAC developed the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region: CSO Handbook.
This handbook provides practical information about the structure of the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) and its decision-making process and cycles. It highlights the importance of engaging with the ICGLR and indicates different spaces in which people from the region can participate to develop policies and actions and jointly strengthen the organisation in the prevention and management of armed conflicts.
The manual also highlights case studies of successful involvement of civil society organisations in the ICGLR. Finally, it formulates recommendations and reflects on how this organisation and civil society can further develop constructive partnerships and work towards a more peaceful region. You can download the manual here.
This policy paper examines the prospective role of civil society organisations (CSOs) within the mechanisms and structures of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which was created to address conflict challenges faced by states within the Great Lakes region. The ICGLR was established in 2003 to provide an inclusive platform for countries within the region to work effectively with international actors and CSOs for regional conflict prevention, management and resolution. Although the role of CSOs within the ICGLR initiatives is considered imperative to securing sustainable peace, there remain concerns that the involvement of CSOs is constrained. Through desk research and field surveys, this policy paper explores creative approaches for CSOs to make a valuable impact on the ICGLR initiative. The paper recommends improved and proactive synergy between the ICGLR and CSOs for effective peace and security in the region. This policy brief is written by Dr Patrick Kanyangara, Regional Coordinator of ACCORD's Peacebuilding Programme in the Great Lakes region. Read full policy brief here.
The latest issue of African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) publication 'Conflict Trends' focuses on the Great Lakes Region of Africa. It highlights some of the pressing peacebuilding challenges that confront the Great Lakes Region. It also reflects on some of our experiences in implementing a project that sought to forge relations across sectors (state and non-state) and across different countries, while keeping a clear and consistent focus on the common thread of peacebuilding. This issue includes contributions from the Great Lakes Project partners, NPI-Africa, ACCORD and GPPAC. Read more here