African Insider Mediators Platform (AIMP)


  • A strategic civil society response to the call by the AUC to strengthen the African Peace and Security Architecture
  • Support Base for practicing mediators
  • Enhancing local, national and regional internal mediation capacity
  • Dynamic network of individuals and institutions
  • Strengthening local ownership
  • Solidarity between practitioners and the institutions with which they are connected



  • Forge and maintain linkages
  • Expand training and learning opportunities
  • Document and disseminate examples of good mediation practice
  • Connect mediation efforts at different levels
  • Local analysis and support to the deployment of Track I mediation teams
  • Provide a pool of skilled resource people


Community of Practice

  • Knowledge and experience sharing
  • Dissemination of case studies
  • Online portal development
  • Regular meetings of practicing mediators at regional and continental levels

Training and capacity building

  • Organising training courses on insider mediation
  • Development of training methodologies
  • Training of upcoming insider mediators

Direct support to mediation processes

  • Utilising members of the platform to provide timely support
  • Sustaining a resource group of skilled mediators
  • Analysing the context and conflict dynamics in support of these processes

Partnership building

  • Complementary support to Track I mediative processes
  • Building partnerships in support of national and local capacities for mediation and national peace architectures that are coherent, credible and complementary
  • Working closely with UNDP, the African Union Commission, including the Panel of the Wise and the Regional Economic Communities in support of the African Peace and Security Architecture
  • Networking, identifying complementarities with all key stakeholders


  • Coordination and cooperative partnership building, building new complementarities
  • Harmonising formal and informal, contemporary and traditional approaches
  • Interconnections between initiatives, complementing not competing
  • Access to, support for, and recognition from AU and REC levels, and UNDP Country Offices and Regional Centres


  • The disconnect between regional level, national level, local level processes undermines the effectiveness of efforts at all levels
  • Multi-level multi-stakeholder approaches that link short term rapid responses to longer term processes are more likely to achieve sustainable outcomes
  • Local level processes need to be recognised, valued and supported, but can also easily be taken over and overwhelmed or undermined
  • Mediative processes include diverse forms of trust, confidence building, learning and training that create spaces for dialogue and cooperative problem solving


  • Enhancing mediation capacity is more than training and deploying skilled mediators – it includes embedding a mediative approach into all forms of engagement in society, and nurturing a culture of dialogue and collaborative problem solving
  • Support aimed at building mediation capacity should strengthen what is already there, and be linked to existing systems and institutions if it is to be sustainable.
  • The ‘projectisation’ of mediative efforts and capacity building support, dependent on external funding undermines long term sustainability
  • Systemic and structural efforts to enhance mediation capacity could include an information gathering and sharing component, as well as the ability to respond
  • A legal foundation can underpin and strengthen efforts to use dialogue and mediation as dispute resolution processes
  • The media and the private sector are key stakeholders with whom more work could be done to bring them into processes and utilise the support they have to offer


  • AIMP as a catalyst for

More effective African Peace and Security Architecture

Strengthening appropriate integrated systems responses to shifting forms of emerging conflict

  • The democratisation processes
  • Regional harmonisation
  • Economic growth and growing inequality
  • Youth majority and related volatility
  • Land grabbing, resource extraction, food price increases and climate change
  • Ethnicity and related tensions on the rise
  • Shifts in global power balance, external manipulation and the rise of African solutions

AUC, UNDP, Regional Economic Communities Consultation Proccess

  • African Union Commission –Peace and Security Department
  • An African Peace and Security Architecture
  • ECOWAS -Accra declaration on strengthening national regional and continental coordination
  • SADC -Maseru declaration on a framework for peaceful development
  • Finding complementarity and opportunities for cooperative partnership building