Resources

People’s perspectives on instability in West Africa: Case study report

Mar 2012
A case study report focusing on the peacebuilding perspectives of people living in the Mano River Union (Libera, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire), Nigeria (Plateau and Niger Delta States) and Casamance (Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia).

People's peacemaking perspectives: Afrique de l'Ouest - Synthèse

Mar 2012
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.

People's peacemaking perspectives: West Africa: Policy brief

Feb 2012
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

Jan 2011
War does not respect political or territorial boundaries. This twenty-second Accord publication looks at how peacebuilding strategies and capacity can ‘think outside the state’: beyond it, through regional engagement, and below it, through cross-border community or trade networks. Edited by Alexander Ramsbotham and I William Zartman, Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders includes 20 case studies from Asia, Europe and the Caucasus, to East, Central and West Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Articles also explore cross-border peacebuilding from global, systems analysis and legal perspectives, and focus on themes ranging from politics, governance and security, social and community relations, and trade and natural resources.

Crossing boundaries: Sub-regional conference on civil society and security sector cooperation: Summary report with statement of recommendations

May 2008
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.

Building paths to peace: Bo Peace & Reconciliation Movement

Nov 2007
Although Sierra Leone's rural population remains traumatised and divided after the war, with the right support it can heal itself. This report from Conciliation Resources and Bo Peace & Reconciliation Movement gives examples.

Submission to the UN Peacebuilding Commission on the 'Sierra Leone Compact'

Oct 2007
This submission to the UN Peacebuilding Commission by Conciliation Resources raises some important points on youth, justice and also capacity building in Sierra Leone.

CCTS: Presentation by Michael Hammer

Jan 2006
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.

Sierra Leone elections: Six-month extension implications and challenges

Dec 2002
Is the grant of a six-month extension to the government of Sierra Leone ahead of elections a poor decision or a golden opportunity for national unity? Dr Dennis Bright analyses the situation in this speech.

Sierra Leone, the conflict and the world

Jun 2001
How has the international community's focus on Sierra Leone really affected its people? This speech by Dr Dennis Bright, given at the Conflict, Development and Peace Network Conference, explores the positive and negative impacts.

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