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CMI Brought Together African Non-State Actors and African Union Liaison Offices to Discuss Mediation


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On February 13, 2013 CMI organized a workshop ” Enabling, Supporting and Conducting Mediation  - The Role of African Non-State Actors in Conflict Prevention” in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting brought together key African non-state actors around the continent to discuss mediation and conflict prevention together with African Union Liaison Offices.

The meeting was organized in the framework of CMI’s African Union Mediation Capacity Building Project, implemented together with ACCORD (African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Conflicts) and African Union Conflict Management Division. As part of the project CMI has mapped key African non-state actors who have concrete experience from either supporting or directly participating in mediation processes at the local, national, or sub-regional level.

As a follow-up to the finalized mapping (please find the mapping here), the participants of the Dakar seminar discussed the added value of African non-state actors in mediation through different cases presented by WANEP (West Africa Network for Peace Building), FAS (Femmes Africa Solidaritè), and the Christian Council of Lesotho. The participants also brainstormed how the AU could best benefit from the expertise of non-state actors in mediation and agreed, among other things, that non-state actors can support the AU for example by talking informally to the conflict parties and by providing technical  expertise as part of the AU’s mediation support teams. The participants furthermore highlighted that long-term building of stable peace requires the involvement of not only AU member states and the AU but also a wide range of actors and groups, and that this relationship is a question of partnership rather than competition.


0 #2 Suvi Tuuli 2013-06-27 11:50
Dear Sali,

Thank you very much for your feedback and inquiry! The main criterion for the selection of these non-state actors was that they should have concrete experience from either supporting or directly participating in mediation processes at the local, national, or sub-regional level. Despite our extensive consultations, unfortunately we were not able to identify suitable North African organizations at this stage. However, we wish to inform that this mapping is not exhaustive, and we treat it as a living document. That’s why we warmly welcome any suggestions you may have on which organizations could be included into our mapping.

0 #1 Sali 2013-06-19 18:52
I have just donwloaded the finalized mapping of non state actors in the field of mediation in Africa.Thank you for your great efforts.But i want to know if there is no non state actors in the field of mediation in North Africa cause in the mapping north africa is not mentionned.Than k you
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