West Africa

We work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.

Innovative Kenya-Liberia exchange visit shares lessons of peace

An innovative new learning exchange which took place this month, saw a group of peacebuilders from north east Kenya travel to Liberia to learn more about community peace platforms, cross-border peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

"An an elder, I have passed through a lot of things": John Demi

John Demi has been chief of his township in Nimba County, Liberia, for over 20 years. His town borders Cote d’Ivoire, and as a town elder, John helps to mediate community and cross-border disputes.

Annual Report 2016

Jun 2017
Annual Report 2016 cover
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.

From cooperation to contention

Mar 2017
This publication examines the increasing incidence of violent conflict between pastoralists and farmers in Nigeria. It looks at how previous cooperative relationships have broken down in many communities resulting in unprecedented levels of killing and destruction. The report explores the challenges to developing conflict prevention mechanisms, including the layers of political unsettlement that exist at local, state and federal levels, and identifies potential entry points for local conflict resolution. The publication is part of the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) which explores how international and national interventions can more effectively support inclusive political settlements in fragile and conflict-affected states.

From Ebola survivor to community peacebuilder

At the height of the Ebola crisis, it was estimated that 75 per cent of people contracting the disease were women. As the primary care givers to the sick, as nurses and as traders, women were more exposed to the virus and as such were often ostracised by their communities.

Capacities for peace: lessons from the Ivorian-Liberian border region

Feb 2016
Capacities-for-peace-Lessons-from-the-Ivorian-Liberian-border-region
Between September 2013 and February 2016, Conciliation Resources and Saferworld implemented the ‘Capacities for Peace’ project in 32 conflict-affected contexts around the world. The project involved working with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of local analysis, early warning and early action.

8 lessons for improving effectiveness of community platforms

For decades the border regions of the Mano River region countries have been prone to instability and insecurity. Conciliation Resources and our national NGO partners have been working for the past eight years to help alleviate these tensions at a local level.

Dialogue for Peace

Nov 2016
Dialogue for peace
Since 2010, Conciliation Resources has worked in partnership with national NGOs to establish and empower a network of 18 locally owned peacebuilding structures, called District Platforms for Dialogue (DPDs), in the border regions of Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The network of DPDs has steadily grown through a series of projects. Conciliation Resources has constantly looked to use the lessons from each project to adapt and improve the effectiveness of the DPDs and the support they are offered.