This report identifies the major government and donor programmes that aim to contribute to peacebuilding in four West African nations – Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. It begins by providing an overview of major partnerships and programmes, particularly those that are present in two or more of the countries.
The main types of partnerships for peacebuilding in West Africa are between:
- multilateral agencies (e.g. World Bank-UN partnerships)
- different organisations within multilaterals (e.g. between UN agencies)
- International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs) (e.g. the Consortium for Rehabilitation and Development)
- International and local NGOs/civil society organisations (CSOs)
- National governments and multilateral/bilateral donors (e.g. Sierra Leone government and DFID)
- UN agencies and International Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Key programmes include the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and the World Bank State- and Peacebuilding Fund.
As countries that neighbour one another, whose conflicts had implications for the others, regional and cross-border approaches towards peacebuilding are also highlighted.
The report focuses particularly on programmes in each country, which are undertaken jointly by a range of donors and international and local partners, in each of four areas: food security, youth employment, mining governance and election support.