ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) is a Pan-African non-governmental organisation that has been working for social justice and development in Africa since 1976. Our work is guided by a number of fundamental values and working principles, chief amongst these is our belief that people themselves are the primary actors in their own development.
ACORD works in common cause with people who are poor and those have been denied their rights to obtain social justice and development and, ultimately, to become part of locally-rooted citizen movements. ACORD has facilitated the emergence of over 2000 strong and autonomous grassroots organisations across Africa.
In South Sudan, ACORD’s overarching goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the vulnerability of excluded or marginalized social groups through three interrelated and mutually supportive programming areas: livelihoods and food sovereignty, rights and responsibilities promotion, and conflict transformation.
• Specific Objective 1: Strengthen the livelihoods of marginalised communities and their capacity to successfully advocate for their rights and improve welfare through the achievement of food security/food sovereignty.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES PROMOTION
• Specific Objective 2: Build knowledge on positive gender relations and effective ways of addressing gender inequalities with a view to improve women’s status, development, and influence.
• Specific Objective 3: Promote learning, strengthen capacity and develop effective partnerships to influence thinking, policy and practices on HIV/AIDS related rights abuses.
PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
• Specific Objective 4: Facilitate an enabling environment where marginalized communities become effective agents of peace building and conflict transformation, to contribute to inclusive stability and development in the continent.