Start of the handover phase for the support of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) from ZIF to ACCORD

Photo: Keegan Thumberan | ACCORD

Photo: Keegan Thumberan | ACCORD

06.03.2020

With a meeting of the main partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) in Durban, South Africa, moderated by ZIF, the handover process for the future accompaniment and support of the ASC from ZIF to ACCORD was kicked off on February 24 and 25, 2020.

Representatives of GIZ, the Peace Support Operations Division of the African Union Commission, ZIF and ACCORD agreed on a framework in which the versatile support of the ASCs is to be handed over from ZIF to ACCORD - The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes by mid-2021. This should ensure long-term and sustainable technical and conceptual support for the ASC. At the same time, ACCORD will use its expertise and network in the field of civil conflict resolution on the African continent to strengthen and further expand the awareness and use of the ASC as a personnel deployment instrument of the civilian component of the African Standby Force. ZIF will accompany and advise ACCORD until mid-2021 in the gradual take-over of the existing support and consulting services for the ASCs.

Since 2012, ZIF, financed by the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been working closely with the AU Commission on the establishment and further development of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) within the framework of a consultancy project to strengthen civilian capacities for peace operations on the African continent.