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Documenting the resilience of Liberians in the face of threats to peace and the 2014 Ebola Crisis

November 17, 2015
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The Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), in partnership with Interpeace, has produced an extensive report which documents the ways in which individuals, families, communities, institutions as well as the government, are coping with, adapting to, or in some instances even transforming the challenges to peace into creative and innovative opportunities. In order to do so, P4DP consulted over 1,100 Liberians across all fifteen counties of Liberia through focus group discussions and interviews. This research took place against the backdrop of the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa and as such explores the ways in which such a humanitarian catastrophe interacted with longer-term drivers of conflict that persist despite over a decade of official peace since the end of the civil war.

The report is part of Interpeace’s Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR), a SIDA funded project that is exploring approaches to assessing resilience for peace through participatory research in three pilot countries: Liberia, Guatemala and Timor-Leste. In addition to the consultation, P4DP facilitated a 5 month long stakeholder dialogue process convening representatives from different sectors of society in order to develop policy recommendations for strengthening resilience for peace in Liberia. These recommendations will be presented at a stakeholder forum in Monrovia on November 27th 2015.

The full report can be found here, and the executive summary of the report is also available.