Emmanuel Bombande describes how he co-founded the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the reasons for which it was created, and the ways in which WANEP works with local and regional actors to build peace in the region.
Frances Fortune and Oscar Bloh describe relationships between elections, democratisation, violence and peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone – and their own experiences with Search for Common Ground to promote people’s participation.
Almost ten years on from the official end of wars in Sierra Leone (2002) and Liberia (2003), attention is shifting from post-war peacebuilding to longer-term development. What headway has been made? What challenges lie ahead? And what lessons that can be learnt?
Depuis la conclusion officielle des conflits à la Sierra Leone et au Liberia, les deux pays font des progrès. Pourtant, le conflit persiste aux deux pays dans des formes à la fois familiales et nouvelles.
Cette synthèse représentent un assortiment des thèmes proéminents relatif à la construction de la paix qui ont sorti d’ateliers et d’entretiens effectués à la Sierra Leone et au Liberia avec la société civile, les représentants communautaires et une variété d’acteurs supplémentaires.
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.
Women in Sierra Leone have experienced atrocities during the war but are traditionally disempowered to influence change. Khadija Alia Bah of Conciliation Resources describes the plight of rural females in this article.
Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, became better known in the 1990s for its bloody civil war that killed more than 200,000 people by 1996.
Accord Issue 1 documents the lengthy and fractious 1990–96 peace process and explores why 13 separate peace accords collapsed in half as many years.
Authors analyse the impact of economic forces and the erosion of civilian power on the conflict, as well as outlining and assessing the successes and failures of local peace initiatives and international interventions.