Think Global, Transfer Local: The Perils and Opportunities of a Locally Owned Peace Process in Post-War Sierra Leone

"This paper examines the opportunities and dilemmas of locally owned peace processes in post-conflict Sierra Leone. This paper explores the following key themes: the means of local ownership in peace processes and the economics and politics of local ownership of peacebuilding; the social and psychological dynamics of peacebuilding processes; anticipated challenges and strategies for sustainable local ownership of peacebuilding processes; and the application of lessons learnt from other peacebuilding processes to Sierra Leone. The paper is divided into three parts: the war and its effect on local capacity; the case for local transfer and dilemmas of local transfer. It wraps up with conclusions, lessons from elsewhere and recommendations."