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From Peacebuilding towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future

October 8, 2013

Sierra Leone Research Community

ROUNTABLE EVENT 

6 December 2013 

From Peacebuilding towards Development:  

Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future.

Since the end of the vicious civil war (1991-2002), Sierra Leone’s transition from conflict to peace and development has often been portrayed as a success story. Following three consecutive peaceful elections (2002, 2007, 2012), Sierra Leone was recently also classified as a ‘Low Income State’ and is no longer considered as a ‘Fragile State’ by the International Monetary Fund. Moreover, the U.N. Security Council will be reviewing a report on the U.N. mission in Sierra Leone UNIPSIL, focusing on the mission drawdown and transition to a U.N. country team. The Sierra Leone Government is eager to continue this trajectory away from the country’s violent past, to become a beacon of development. The Agenda for Prosperity, launched in July 2013 anticipates that Sierra Leone will become a middle-income country by 2035, and a net lender within 50 years, with 80% of its population over the poverty line. Despite Sierra Leone’s significant achievements since the end of the war, various challenges remain.

This roundtable discussion will address and critically assess some of these challenges as well as emergent opportunities facing Sierra Leone going forward. Against this background, roundtable participants will be asked to consider the following questions:

  •      How could Private Sector Development complement the current developmental agenda of the country? What role should the Sierra Leonean Government play in Private Sector Development? How can Sierra Leone promote more Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives from its current investors?
  •      What is the nature of the “corruption” problem and how can it be tackled?
  •      What can be done to address youth underemployment, intergenerational power imbalances and underlying conflict between elders (such as chiefs and politicians) and youths?
  •       Have the international community and the Government of Sierra Leone been successful in promoting the public health care system in the course of the peacebuilding process?
  •       Which aspects of peacebuilding and development processes had and continue to have a particular good or bad track record?

The round table will be followed by an open discussion on the future challenges for Sierra Leone.

Preliminary Programme

When: Friday, 6 December 2013

Time:   10.00 am – 14.00pm

Where: London School of Economics and Political Science (Room: TBC)

10.00am – 10.15am: Opening remarks by the organizers and the Chair

10.15am – 11.45am: Round Table

11.45am – 12.45pm: Q&A and open discussion

12.45pm – 13.00pm: Reception (light snacks, coffee and soft drinks)

Speakers: Ade Daramy (Chair); Lisa Denney (ODI); Jonathan Bhalla (Africa Research Institute); Sneha Baljekar and Alex Malet (King’s College).