To what extent can cross-border engagement of conflict-affected youth promote community security, social cohesion, and well-being in the Mano River Basin, especially given its regional context of ongoing conflict fragility and economic vulnerability amplified by the coronavirus pandemic? This project proposes to expand previous impact generation work with conflict-affected youth in Liberia to six vulnerable border communities in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Its objectives are, firstly, to map ongoing vulnerabilities and analyse youth-led community response to them and, secondly, to design, implement, and evaluate youth-focused cross-border engagement. That engagement will entail conflict resolution training and structured, facilitated cross-border community dialogue, to provide a forum for border communities to bring young men and women together to share and learn from successful, youth-generated strategies in the areas of gender-based violence, disease prevention, social cohesion, and sustainable livelihoods. Participants will be conflict-affected young men in the commercial motorcycling sector (which employs hundreds of thousands of young men in the region) and young women active in market networks, plus community leaders, police, and border police in each area.
The project also supports 27 days of Pl field research and a dissemination event bringing ODA collaborators and Mano River Union officials into dialogue with local community leaders.
Associated SFC GCRF funded projects on the St Andrews research portal
- SFC GCRF 2020-21
Addressing Health & Development Drivers through Cross-Border Youth Engagement: Social Cohesion, Sustainability & Well-Being in the Mano River Basin
- SFC GCRF 2019-20
Motoring from War to Peace: Supporting Social Reintegration of Liberia’s Conflict Affected Youth through Nationwide Counter-Stigma Efforts
- SFC GCRF 2018-19
Motoring from War to Peace: Understanding Long-term Reintegration Trajectories of Ex-combatant Youth in Liberia’s Motorcycle Taxi Unions
- SFC GCRF 2017-18
Motoring from war to peace: Understanding long-term reintegration trajectories of ex-combatant youth in Liberia’s motorcycle taxi unions
- Motorcycling as Peacebuilding in Liberia – Project home page on the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS) Website