West Africa

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

Escaping back home: Badawiya's story

Badawiya lives in Yobe State northeast Nigeria. Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has ravaged this region, leading to what the UN has called ‘the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent.’

Creating safe spaces for youth to build peace

This year, the UN’s International Youth Day is championing safe spaces for youth - places where young people can come together, express themselves, and participate in decision making. In peacebuilding, creating these safe spaces is a vital first step in allowing young people to share their experiences of conflict, and work towards achieving a more peaceful future.

Inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in peacebuilding

Jul 2018
Cover image of Inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in peacebuilding report
Drawing on case studies from Colombia and Nigeria, this report explores the barriers to, and benefits of, meaningful participation of gender and sexual minorities in peace processes. It looks at how their participation can be supported, and what their experiences tell us about inclusion in peace processes more broadly.

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.