'Well-designed and resourced external engagement can increase the likelihood of those in conflict making peace". Conciliation Resources' submission to the Department for International Development's consultation explains in more detail.
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.
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.
Celia McKeon of Conciliation Resources explains why local peace initiatives are so important and gives examples of success stories from Mali and Sierra Leone to illustrate their transformative potential.