The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In the Mano River region, the project established District Platforms for Dialogue (DPDs) – multi-stakeholder platforms which aim to address violence and instability – along the Ivorian-Liberian border. In Nigeria, Conciliation Resources and partners supported marginalised local young people in Jos, Plateau State, to take on active roles in preventing violence and created space for dialogue on governance issues.
This brief focuses on the work in the Mano River region, where Capacities for Peace activities enabled representatives from local non-governmental organisations and community members from border regions in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to conduct joint analysis and engage with local and national policy actors. These engagements led to a dialogue process between Ivorian and Liberian border communities, civil society and government representatives.
Conciliation Resources’ broader programme of work in West Africa aims to strengthen the capacities of local people to tackle conflict issues, including in areas affected by the Ebola crisis where there has been heightened insecurity.