West Africa: Liberia and Sierra Leone

Tabs

Authors

Caitriona Dowd

Caitriona Dowd holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include pastoralism and violent conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently working on humanitarian programming for Somalia, stationed in Nairobi, Kenya.

Clionadh Raleigh

Clionadh Raleigh is a political geographer whose focus is African conflicts, governance patterns and environmental security.

Dr Alexander Ramsbotham, Head of Accord and Series Editor

Alexander joined Conciliation Resources in August 2009 as Head of Accord and Series Editor. Before this he was a research fellow in the international programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

He worked as specialist adviser to the House of Lords European Union (EU) Select Committee in its inquiry into the EU Strategy for Africa, before which he was head of the Peace and Security Programme at the United Nations Association-UK. He has also been an associate fellow in the International Security Programme at Chatham House. Alexander completed a PhD in July 2011.

Read the most recent Accord issues:

 

Alexander joined Conciliation Resources in August 2009 as Head of Accord and Series Editor. Before this he was a research fellow in the international programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

He worked as specialist adviser to the House of Lords European Union (EU) Select Committee in its inquiry into the EU Strategy for Africa, before which he was head of the Peace and Security Programme at the United Nations Association-UK. He has also been an associate fellow in the International Security Programme at Chatham House. Alexander completed a PhD in July 2011.

Read the most recent Accord issues:

 

Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is Head of Programmes, Peacebuilding, at Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), a national non-governmental organisation based in Khartoum. She previously worked for the UK Department for International Development's Conflict Policy Team and, most recently, on the Accord series and international peacebuilding policy at Conciliation Resources. Elizabeth holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University.

Elizabeth Drew is Head of Programmes, Peacebuilding, at Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), a national non-governmental organisation based in Khartoum. She previously worked for the UK Department for International Development's Conflict Policy Team and, most recently, on the Accord series and international peacebuilding policy at Conciliation Resources. Elizabeth holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University.

Emmanuel Bombande

Emannuel Bombande is co-founder and Director of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), a regional, civil society peacebuilding organisation. Founded in 1998, WANEP has established strong national networks in every member state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and has over 500 member organisations across the region.

Frances Fortune

Frances Fortune was Conciliation Resources' West Africa programme coordinator from March 1997 to July 2000, based in Bo. Previously she worked with a number of international and Sierra Leonean NGOs on social and rural development programmes.

Ibrahim Bangura

Ibrahim Bangura has wide-ranging experience in the fields of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR), gender, child protection monitoring and rehabilitation, and research and monitoring and evaluation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, University of Sierra Leone; a master’s degree in gender studies, University of Sierra Leone; and a master’s in international development studies, University of Amsterdam.

Irma Specht

Irma Specht is an anthropologist with expertise in the field of the reintegration of ex-combatants and child soldiers. She is the co-author of Young soldiers: why they choose to fight (2004), and Red Shoes, experiences of girl combatants in Liberia ( 2006). She is currently the Director of Transition International, a consultancy firm based in the Netherlands.

Jackson Speare

 

Jackson Speare is Head of Office at International Alert Liberia. He coordinates Alert’s West Africa Gender Projects, including field outreach activities with justice and security institutions to address the human security of women and girls in the Mano River Basin. Before joining Alert, he was a human rights activist with the Foundation for International Dignity, working to ensure the provision of pro bono services to indigents in the Mano River sub-region.

John Caulker

John Caulker is the Executive Director of Fambul Tok. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Forum of Conscience, a national human rights NGO, and played a leading role in the Truth and Reconciliation Working Group, a civil society coalition which engaged critically with the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission during its existence.

Juliette Syn

Juliette Syn is an American-trained lawyer with a background in international human rights law. Her work in Liberia has focused on land and natural resource-related issues, disputes and policies; displacement issues; and customary law and practice.

Lemuel Reeves

Lemuel Reeves is the senior legal associate for The Carter Center’s Access to Justice project in Liberia. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, Cllr. Reeves served as a judicial affairs officer with the UN Mission In Liberia (UNMIL). Cllr. Reeves has more than 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer with the Liberian National Police. He rose through the ranks from a police recruit, eventually becoming chief of legal affairs of the police. He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of Liberia, and a member of the Liberian National Bar Association.

Oscar Bloh

Oscar Bloh serves as Country Director of Search for Common Ground in Liberia. With ten years experience of civil society sector work, he has significant experience of human rights training, governance issues and peacebuilding in post-conflict environments. He has recently served as chair of a national civil society coalition of 30 organisations tasked with monitoring the 2011 Liberian elections. 

Paul Koroma

Paul Lansana Koroma works with the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) in Sierra Leone. He is a practitioner and trainer in participatory development processes and conflict transformation and a civil society activist. He is a founder member of the West African Network for peacebuilding (WANEP) of which he served as National Board Chair (2004–2009). Paul is also a member of the Action for Conflict Transformation International (ACTION) and the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP).

Pewee Flomoku

Pewee S. Flomoku has worked as senior project coordinator for the Carter Center’s Access to Justice project in Liberia since 2005. Previously, he worked for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as part of its Demobilisation, Disarmament, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) program, and with a variety of Liberian civil society organisations. He worked for the Associated Press and was awarded Liberian Photojournalist of the Year 2005 from the Press Union of Liberia. He is currently a student of conflict Transformation at the Kofi Annan institute of Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Liberia, a Draper Hills Summer Fellow on Democracy and Development and the Rule of Law at the Stanford University, and a member of the Center for Global Nonkilling.

Philippe Le Billon

Philippe Le Billon is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia with the Department of Geography and Liu Institute for Global Issues. He works on war economies and resource governance. Most recent books include Wars of Plunder (Hurst/Columbia UP, 2012) and Oil (Polity Press, 2012).

Prince Zeid

 

Prince Zeid is Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In September 2010, he was nominated as PBC Chair of the Configuration for Liberia. He also serves on the advisory bodies to the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and for the World Development Report 2011 as well as playing a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. He received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police prior to serving as a Political Affairs Officer in the UN Mission in the former Yugoslavia.
 

Richard Reeve

Richard Reeve is Security Manager with International Alert’s Peacebuilding Issues Programme. He has researched, written and taught extensively on security and justice issues and peace support interventions in West Africa. Prior to joining Alert in 2009, he worked with the War Studies Department at King’s College London, Chatham House Africa Programme, Jane’s Information Group and a local conflict-resolution NGO in Georgia. He has also worked with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union.

Said Djinnit

Said Djinnit is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa since April 2008. Prior to this appointment, he was Commissioner for Peace and Security at the African Union, formerly Organisation of the African Unity, where he held various positions notably as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

© Conciliation Resources Burghley Yard, 106 Burghley Road, London NW5 1AL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 7728  Fax: +44(0)20 7359 4081  Email: cr@c-r.org
Terms and conditions
Charity registered in England and Wales (1055436)
Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (03196482)