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Post-Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Peace Formation and State Formation$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402170

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402170.001.0001

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International Interventions and Local Agency in Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

International Interventions and Local Agency in Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

(p.143) 7 International Interventions and Local Agency in Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone
Post-Liberal Peace Transitions

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Patrick Tom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses international peacebuilding and local agency in Sierra Leone, asking whether it is tactical or strategic. The peacebuilding and statebuilding in Sierra Leone have not made a genuine attempt to adjust to context. They still do not facilitate equal representation and rarely address structural constraints beyond political power-sharing. The chapter then gives the examples of organisations such as Fambul Tok and Hope Sierra Leone as agential and innovative local actors which have built extensive local–global networks more in sync with local realties and ideas and within the limits of the standards set by international actors. Sierra Leone's agency is thus both strategic and tactical: able to create spaces for locally driven peace initiatives yet disciplined by donors. International actors still refuse or fail to incorporate figures of authority on the ground, bypassing social configurations of power, including the state, preferring civil society and private sectors.

Keywords:   international peacebuilding, local agency, Sierra Leone, statebuilding, political power-sharing, peace initiatives, civil society, Fambul Tok, Hope Sierra Leone

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