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Project ID 00072007 Description PBF/LBR/D-9 Inter-County Recon
Fund
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 12 Aug 2009
Theme
Youth Empower/Employ-W2
Project status Financially Closed
Country Liberia Participating Organization   UNHCR - UN High Commissioner for Refug
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Project Description:

The “Inter-County Reconciliation Project” is aimed at improving inter-ethnic relations between the Krahn people of Grand Gedeh County and the Gio/Mano people of Nimba County. This will be done through structured dialogue amongst leadership from both counties and ethnic groups. Relations between both groups are said to be strained as far back as the 1980s as a result of political marginalization and exclusion; and extra judicial killings exacerbated by the civil war with noticeable involvement of these groups in the fighting. It is a known fact that resentment coupled with fear, distrust and lack of confidence on both sides continued to affect social interactions and engagements. Various peace building initiatives including rituals, inter-county sports and recreation, as well as political dialogue involving different actors including national and traditional leaders and civil society organizations so far have not yielded the desired results.

 

Peacebuilding Impact:

Consolidation of peace and reconciliation in Liberia is largely dependent upon inter-ethnic reconciliation processes involving critical ethnic groups such as the Krahn and Gio/Mano who for the past decades have been involved in political agitations and militarization.

The impact and key outcomes of the Project include firm establishment of stable and secured environment characterized by social cohesion, reduced violence and increased interactions and participation without fears and intimidations by either group. The Project will further build new relationships, heal wounds and lay foundation for sustained inter-ethnic interactions.

 

Outcome(s):

Key outcomes - Improved social cohesion amongst conflict actors in Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties are promoted; Local capacity for sustained risks management and conflict reduction strategy is developed; Foundation for durable peace and development is laid; and enhanced capacity of minority and majority Krahn and Gio/Mano groups for conflict mitigation and reduction in support of peace consolidation in Liberia. 

 

Outputs and Key Activities:

Key outputs - Participation of both groups in the civil war and treatments they rendered each other discussed and root causes  identified (including  Key conflict issues over political marginalization, inter-ethnic militarization); peace and reconciliation generating factors discussed and mechanisms for sustained positive engagements and problem-solving designed; critical plan of actions agreed upon; mechanisms for promoting inter-ethnic reconciliation developed and adapted; strategy for healing process and building new relationships identified and discussed; early warning and response mechanism put in place

Participant analysis of key conflict issues over regional political marginalization and inter-ethnic militarization.

Discussion and root causes identified by participants  of both groups in the civil war and treatments they rendered each other;

Key activities

baseline data collected; analysis of the conflicts and current relationships between the Krahn and the Gio/Mano; inter-face & reconciliation dialogue involving key conflict actors including local and national leaders; link problem-solving mechanisms to ‘peace hut which is an instrument for building peace and resolving conflict; training in peace and reconciliation, and set in early warning and response mechanisms system.

 

Indicator and Benchmarks:

-number of persons trained in peace, reconciliation, early warning

-number of social dialogues under taken by local people in Nimba County increased;

-number of social interactions and coexistence in Nimba & Grand Gedeh Counties increased

-%local capacities to envision and mitigate violent conflict in Nimba & Grand Gedeh Counties increased.

 

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