African Peace & Security Annual Conference (APSACO) 7th edition
The Policy Center for the New South will organize the 7th edition of the African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO) on July 10-11, 2023, under the theme “Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa”. This annual conference provides a platform that allows for the analysis of Africa’s peace and security structures and institutions by focusing on the continent’s assets, history, and its ability to overcome current and emerging challenges and gain global competitive advantage.
The debate on post-conflict reconstruction has been spurred in recent years by African efforts to provide the continent with a policy framework for the post-conflict or post-crisis period (political transition) in line with the African Union Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and in the wake of the African Governance Architecture (AGA). This concern for sustainable peace on the continent is behind the adoption in Banjul (Gambia) in 2006 of the "AU Policy Framework on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD)" and the establishment of the African Solidarity Initiative (ASI) in July 2012 to coordinate continental financial contributions to the program.
The PCRD review workshop, organized by the AU Peace and Security Commission (PSC) in Accra, Ghana, in September 2022, proposes a better tailored understanding that is more adapted to the new challenges. These realities are not only limited to the changing nature of crises, but also to the issues of financing, the new forms of partnerships, the roles of African actors in creating the best conditions for the deployment of PCRD, and finally, the appropriation ways of the responses provided by the PCRD by states in post-conflict situations. The new version was validated at the meeting held in Cairo, Egypt in March 2023.
The effects of PCRD 2023 will, however, depend largely on its implementation. The previous framework essentially lacked African and international political will. The new one needs outstanding leadership and capacity to mobilize national, regional, and multilateral stakeholders to advance comprehensive solutions to the security, political, and socioeconomic challenges of post-conflict reconstruction.
The seventh edition of the African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO) – scheduled for July 10-11, 2023 - aims to deepen the comparative knowledge on the challenges and catalysts of the implementation of peacebuilding in Africa in general, and PCRD in particular, through the following axes:
- Collective security in Africa: Towards a new conceptual framework?
- What prevention for a sustaining peace?
- African solidarity in times of financial crisis
- For an effective global partnership to enhance the PCRD
APSACO gathers experts from different parts of the world, fields, and professions – from the military and political world to academia and civil society – to promote high level conversations on peace and security in Africa. This annual conference provides a platform that allows for the analysis of Africa’s peace and security structures and institutions by focusing on the continent’s assets, history, and its ability to overcome current and emerging challenges and gain global competitive advantage.
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