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From conflict to ownership: Participatory approaches to the re-integration of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone

Kilroy, Walt (2011) From conflict to ownership: Participatory approaches to the re-integration of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 22 . pp. 127-144. ISSN 2009-0072

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The demobilisation and re-integration of ex-combatants has become an important element in peace-building. The need for a more holistic, integrated approach, in which there is greater local ownership of the process, has long been recognised. However, putting this into practice remains a challenge. Re-integration ultimately takes place in the community, merging with development and post-conflict reconstruction. This study of re-integration in Sierra Leone uses the concept of ‘participation’ from development discourse, meaning the extent to which potential stakeholders have a say in how interventions are designed and implemented. It finds that participation and ownership are only seen to a limited extent, and only in certain situations.Many of the ex-combatants who participated in this study felt they did not receive adequate or accurate information regarding the re-integration process. This undermines the contribution that re-integration can have to the peace-building project. Participation proves to be a useful framework for assessing re-integration programmes, and for planning the more integrated approach that has long been advocated.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:development; conflict recovery; sierra leone; liberia; ddr; ddrr; disarmament; demobilisation; demobilization; reintegration; ex-combatant; combatant; peacebuilding participation participatory social capital
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Royal Irish Academy
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Copyright Information:©2011 Royal Irish Academy
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16820
Deposited On:06 Feb 2012 11:04 by Walt Kilroy. Last Modified 12 Sep 2013 11:12

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