The overall goal of the Peacemaking Unit is the prevention of violent conflict, and the promotion of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent.
The Unit has the following specific objectives that contribute towards the overall goal:
To build capacity on the African continent for conflicts to be resolved peacefully;
To assist in establishing and to support peacemaking frameworks in continental, regional and national institutions;
To promote mediation, negotiation and facilitation as effective peacemaking tools in Africa;
To initiate, organise and implement peacemaking activities;
To support already existing peacemaking interventions towards the reaching of sustainable agreements;
To establish a core team of rapid deployment associates who can be deployed at a short notice in major peacemaking interventions in Africa; and
To analyse and engage with relevant peacemaking initiatives in Africa with a view to producing detailed information, data and viewpoints that inform peacemaking developments on the continent.