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Project ID:00071611Description:PBF/SLE/B-9 Regional Cooperati
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 7 Jul 2009
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End Date*: 30 Sep 2010
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   IOM - International Org Migration

Project Description:


The decade long civil war in Sierra Leone gained momentum in Kissi land just three days after it was declared that a rebel incursion from Liberia has been launched into Sierra Leone. It suffices to say that the war itself started in Kissi Land and also ended there. The reasons for this are numerous, but a key factor is the porous border crossings in this region.

The people in these boarder communities sharing similar tradition and culture had being living in peace, sharing resources including land for their livelihood activities. They also traded during market days and were allowed to freely move between their boarders which led to a lot of intermarriages. The Guinean Government which claimed to own a strategic community (Yenga) had for the better part of two years occupied this area causing major disruption in livelihoods and cross boarder trade. This has impacted on the social capital of such communities, breeding bad blood, disenchantment and grief. As negotiations for the hand over of Yenga nears conclusion, issues around reestablishment of linkages, trust and camaraderie in the Yenga area wilol remain. .

This project shall therefore support initial efforts in rejuvenating these activities and linkages, and kick start the process of rebuilding trust.. The Makona River Union is an organisation that had being formed to foster unity and peace and development for these cross boarder communities. They shall thus implement the undermentioned activities in concert with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Main Goal and Key Immediate Objectives:

The Goal of this project is to contribute to promoting regional integration for boarder communities.


The Key expected outcomes of this project shall be :

Contribute to increased trust and unity amongst the boarder communities

Contribute to rejuvenated socio economic activities in the area

These shall be done by prompting peace and reconciliation messages and actives and by building the capacity of local CBOs and CSOs in promoting and sustaining peace messages.

The success of the programme will immensely complement the on-going processes and reforms aimed at regional reconciliation and peace consolidation in the Mano River Union countries.


Outputs and Key Activities:

1.0.1 An office space refubished.

1.0.2 Programme Coordinator topped-up.

1.0.3 Support Staff topped-up.


1.1.1 Undertake joint Agricultural activities .for youths and women in Kpenkpakordu village.

1.1.2 Organise periodic Agricultural Trade fairs in each of the member countries.

1.1.3 Organise reconciliation Football gala Matches.


1.2.1 Conduct one Peace building and Reconciliation Training of Trainers workshop for CBOs, and CSOs operating in the Makona Basin

1.2.2 Conduct one Leadership Training Workshop for MaRU Leaders and Local Authorities.


1.3.1 Erect a Monument of Peace in the Makona River Basin that will be unveiled by the Heads of States of the three countries, UN family members and other dignitaries.

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Sierra Leone or the lead agency for the programme.

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