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.
The peace monitors system in Sierra Leone is an excellent example of local initiatives producing their own successful solutions. This article by Mariama Conteh explains how Conciliation Resources supports such efforts.
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.
The levels of female life expectancy and literacy speak for themselves, as do accounts of experiences during war and economic hardship. This article by Conciliation Resources focuses on the plight Sierra Leonean women.