À L’Afrique de l’ouest, les conflits ont souvent un impact sous-régional, ou se dispersent à des pays voisins. Cette synthèse vise à informer l’analyse et la programmation de l’Union Européen (UE), en présentant les points de vue des populations locaux et leurs représentatives aux niveaux locale et nationale, à propos des défis clés auxquelles les pays de la région font face.
In West Africa, conflicts have often had a sub-regional impact or spilled over to neighbouring countries through ethnic relations, allegiances and economic interests across borders, movements of fighters between conflicts, or the mass influx of refugees fleeing violence. Findings and recommendations in this brief aim to inform the EU's analysis and programming by presenting the reflections of local people and their state and non-state representatives on some of the key challenges facing countries in the region.
Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders
Peter Albrecht and Elizabeth Drew describe how poor border management has undermined legitimate cross-border movement and commerce in the Mano River Union (MRU), where informal cross-border trade in livestock or manufactured goods underpins many local livelihoods. Women are especially vulnerable to sexual assault and harassment by corrupt security services.
Security policymakers and community representatives from the Mano River Union made joint recommendations for improving cooperation at a conference in Sierra Leone. This report by Conciliation Resources summarises the discussions.
Michael Hammer of Conciliation Resources emphasises in this presentation about peace monitoring, 'the work of actually building peace is being done, and needs to be done, by Sierra Leoneans, Liberians, Guineans and Ivorians themselves.