Said Djinnit welcomes the publication of Accord 23 on Liberia and Sierra and stresses that, whilst gains have been made in both countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone still lack capability to respond to the many challenges they face.
In an interview with Accord, Ambassador Prince Zeid of Jordan, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) highlights UN priorities for Liberia: security sector reform, rule of law and national reconciliation.
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.
Richard Reeve and Jackson Speare draw on local people's perspectives to review the current state of Liberia's security sector. Despite formal efforts, rural areas are still poorly policed, women are wary of security structures, and tensions remain between formal efforts and customary security arrangements.
This conclusion to Accord 23 makes suggestions for peacebuilding policy and practice. It argues that peacebuilding policy needs to concentrate more on people, and building relationships between communities, and between communities and the state.
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?
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).
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.
The 1999 Lomé and the 2003 Accra agreements marked the official end to conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively and the beginning of their long paths towards lasting peace. Both are making headway, but the underlying causes of conflict persist in both familiar and new forms. The findings presented in this policy brief represent a selection of the salient peacebuilding issues, which emerged from workshops and interviews in Sierra Leone and Liberia with civil society and community representatives and a range of other actors.