ACCORD’s African Peace building Coordination Programme (APCP), in collaboration with the Peace building Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Liberia, hosted a Peace building training from 6-10 July 2009 at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia.
The training was aimed at enhancing the skill-set of various actors involved in the peace building process, as well as supporting efforts made by the Peace building Office in Liberia to promote coherence and coordination among these various actors. The training brought together 35 peace building actors in Liberia representing the government of Liberia, the UN system, NGOs and CSOs.
Pertinent issues to the Liberian peace building process, such as mediation, reconciliation, reintegration, security, state-building, recovery, good governance and the rule of law, and the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) were major topics addressed through the various training sessions in the forms of presentations, group work and discussions. Participants shared their experiences and the training enhanced their understanding of peace building, which will further harmonize their peace building efforts in Liberia. Lessons learned and best practices were shared by the external resource persons and proved to be very valuable to the participants in their quest for sustainable peace and development in Liberia.
The training is expected to foster efforts made by the newly established Peace building Office in Liberia, which operates under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination among actors and stakeholders to the Liberian peace building process.