Drawing on relationships developed with civil society partners in West Africa since 1996, Conciliation Resources has been able to engage with marginalised communities in developing an in-depth conflict analysis and identifying potential routes to sustained peace. This report has been drawn from shared learning sessions between Conciliation Resources and its partners and highlights processes and lessons learnt in implementing the project.
More than ten years since the end of civil war in the region, wealth and decision-making powers remain the preserve of a powerful few in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Whilst the destruction of infrastructure through war has attracted high levels of government and donor investment to restore community services, in some cases introducing these for the first time to marginalised border areas, significant numbers of citizens continue to be excluded from decisions around how these public funds are spent and monitored. Communities living in marginalised areas across the three countries continue to suffer from poor access to healthcare, education, communication, housing, trade and job opportunities.