Newsletter Letter SSR Think Tank First edition 

The Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia, in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, begin activities for the SSR Think Tank in October-November 2016, aiming to improve collaboration and consultation on SSR activities in the country. full details in pdf  Newsletter_SSR_Think_Tank_first_edition

Gender-based Violence and Access to Justice: Re-traditionalisation in Liberia (GENTRA) project

Amongst the various civil and criminal issues plaguing post-war Liberia, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prominent. A number of historical and contemporary realities are expressed through the issues of GBV in Liberia. Among these are the traditional gender roles that codify the domestic subordination of the women in Liberian society, 10 and the widespread practices of GBV that emerged as a consequence of the ‘nationalisation of local conflict’ that the civil war in such a weak state brought about.

Against this background, the Mapping Gender-based Violence and Access to Justice: Re-traditionalisation in Liberia (GENTRA) project was established to address the knowledge gap between assumptions about how GBV is best attended, and the actual preferences of Liberians. The focus of GENTRA is not on GBV cases as such, but rather on how people chose to address GBV in the plural legal system of Liberia, why people make these choices, how the different legal systems address GBV cases, and how people perceive the outcomes of these processes. Through this focus, GENTRA is mapping GBV and access to justice in Liberia, while creating a local database and capacity to help inform policymakers on GBV issues. The GENTA-project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is a collaborative effort between the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia. In this Working Paper we will document and analyse how people make these choice in and around the town of Ganta in Nimba and Grand Bassa County.

Please find full details in pdf Gender Based Violence and Access to Justice Ganta _pdf  and Gender Based Violence and Access to Justice Bassa

Liberia between Reconciliation Commission and Roadmap – Steps Forward in a Halted Process?

As the nation‟s oldest institution of learning the University of Liberia in 2006 established the Kofi A. Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) to serve as a center of excellence for producing the appropriate human capital required for national recovery and peace building in Liberia. KAICT envisions a future where public dialogue and rigorous research and analysis are endemic to policymaking and implementation in Liberia. It is a future in which a new generation of Liberians, endowed with abilities for critical and innovative thinking, lead in the definition, reconstruction, and administration of the Liberian state.

The following policy brief is based on various Public Policy Dialogue Forums and Student Consultations on reconciliation organized by the KAICT from August – December 2012. The Public Policy Dialogue Forum is a monthly gathering of policy practitioners and users as well as Liberian youth to meet and interact in what has been code named “Stepping back to do some thinking”. Please see full details in pdf Public Policy Brief Liberia_between_Reconciliation_Commission and Roadmap-Steps Forward in a Halted Process and Voices on the Liberian Security Sector and UNMIL´S Withdrawal