West Africa

We work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.

Annual Report 2017

May 2018

Read this annual review of our work in 2017. Highlights include: establishing a network of peace platforms in northeast Nigeria to engage youth, strengthening the abilities of indigenous women in Colombia to monitor implementation of the peace agreement, and building relationships between civil society and the military in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Navigating inclusion in peace transitions

May 2018
Based on analysis of four contexts (Nepal, Nigeria, the Somali Region of Ethiopia (Ogaden) and Colombia) this report explores how inclusion is negotiated in peace processes and associated avenues for resolving conflict and effecting political change. While analysis of peacebuilding and peace processes often focuses on elite-led negotiations, this research examines how change is perceived by those living in conflict-affected contexts, and strategies used by different groups to influence political change.

Through our eyes

May 2018
It is nearly ten years since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Throughout the insurgency, the perspectives of local populations have all too-often been overlooked and excluded. Existing ‘community engagement’ has often been limited to consultation with community elders and traditional leaders on the assumption that they represent the voice of their constituents. This research, conducted in partnership between Conciliation Resources and the Kukah Centre, seeks to capture the local population’s perspectives on existing responses to the violence and their vision for long-term solutions.

Film - From Garissa to Liberia: lessons for peacebuilding

In September, ten peacebuilders travelled from Kenya to West Africa to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to help them build more peaceful and inclusive societies. In this film, they share what they learnt.

Innovative Kenya-Liberia exchange visit shares lessons of peace

An innovative new learning exchange which took place this month, saw a group of peacebuilders from north east Kenya travel to Liberia to learn more about community peace platforms, cross-border peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Share your peacebuilding story: #IAmAPeacebuilder

To mark this year's International Day of Peace, on 21 September, we want to highlight and celebrate the community of people building peace around the world.

"An an elder, I have passed through a lot of things": John Demi

John Demi has been chief of his township in Nimba County, Liberia, for over 20 years. His town borders Cote d’Ivoire, and as a town elder, John helps to mediate community and cross-border disputes.