SACCORD was set up in 2000 to deal with these issues taking a more comprehensive approach which recognizes the structural causes of conflicts in society. This it has done through the implementation of various strategic plans. SACCORD’s approaches include dealing with the core components from the democratic framework and principles as well as guiding peace and conflict issues within the defined pillars of good governance, democracy and human rights, especially as it has been widely ascertained that these are critical in the maintenance of peace. SACCORD recognizes peace-building being a very important element in inculcating a culture where people can participate in peaceful political processes and systems as well as dialogue and tolerate divergent views. This has the long-term effect of improving people’s co-existence regardless of political affiliation and tribe.
Through its work, SACCORD has built a profile for itself working in the areas of democracy, good governance and peace. Therefore, in an effort to continue working in the area of its comparative advantage the organization has once again formulated the 2014-2018 strategic plan.
This 2014-2018 strategic plan builds on the work that SACCORD has been undertaking over the past 13 years. The plan sets out activities that will contribute to building peace and democracy in Zambia and the sub-region. The plan was developed using extensive consultative processes by the SACCORD Secretariat with its structures around the country, civil society partners and also co-operating partners in Zambia. The plan seeks to improve SACCORD’s intervention in the areas of good governance, democracy, human rights, access to justice, election monitoring and peace-building.
Through its activities, SACCORD will seek to create platforms for dialogue and promote coexistence as well as develop mechanisms for conflict prevention. SACCORD will continue to advocate for systems and policies that improve the lives of the people as this is a recipe for peace. SACCORD will also continue to engage with Government on key governance, democracy and human rights issues. These are a pre-requisite to safeguarding peace and strengthening institutions that provide oversight and prevent conflicts.