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).
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.
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.
This article by Mariama Conteh of Conciliation Resources argues that communities living along state borders in the Mano River Union countries have a spirit of peaceful co-existence which needs to be embraced and protected.