Towards Sustainable Peace and Development in Sierra Leone: Civil Society and the Peacebuilding Commission
Author: Lambourne, Wendy
Source: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Volume 4, Number 2, 2008 , pp. 47-59(13)
Publisher: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
Abstract:The Sierra Leone civil war that ended in January 2002 was particularly brutal and left the country economically devastated. Four-and-a-half years later, Sierra Leone was selected as one of two countries to receive focussed attention from the newly created United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). The PBC is mandated to support post-conflict recovery and sustainable development with the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society. Drawing on field research and theories of sustainable peacebuilding and the role of civil society, this paper assesses the PBC's performance in Sierra Leone in its first year of operation. The article concludes that the PBC needs to clarify its priorities in relation to civil society participation in order to fulfil its potential to assist governments in promoting sustainable peace and development.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2008-09-01
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