Why are we running this project?

For over a decade, national, regional, and international engagement in the Sahel region has been heavily militarized and securitized in nature, with little to no success to date to reduce violence. In a space where the involvement of those most affected by the violence has thus far been limited, the project aims to help elevate local voices from a variety of sectors of society and across national borders in a sustainable and responsible way.

What are our goals?

The project aims to foster better understanding of the conflict dynamics and peacebuilding needs of affected communities as well as identify individuals, organizations, and movements with the potential to contribute to sustainable peace in the region.

How does the project work?

The project focuses upon facilitating a participatory and inclusive peacebuilding needs assessment in the Burkina Faso-Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana tri-border area. This peacebuilding needs assessment is grounded upon a thorough stakeholder mapping and gender-sensitive conflict analysis, not only deepening the understanding of the complex conflict dynamics, existing vulnerabilities and the role of different actors but also analyzing opportunities, resilience factors, entry points, priorities and existing capacities and resources. The goal is to undertake collective preventive action and build peace.

Alongside the needs assessment, the project also works to strengthen the capacity of actors who have been engaged in the needs assessment process and who in turn have the potential to strengthen community resilience to emerging violent threats and/or foster reconciliation.

Indigo Côte d’Ivoire and the West Africa team of Conciliation Resources are our main partners who work with a broad variety of actors and organization in the region