Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) in collaboration with ActionAid, Concern American Relief Everywhere (CARE) and ENCISS will today commission a report at the Youyi Building titled: “Consolidating the Peace: Views from Sierra Leone and Burundi on the United Nations Peace building Commission.”
The report is based on a study, which acknowledges the efforts of the new United Nations Peace building Commission.
The report is expected to be unveiled by President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.
ActionAid, CAFOD and CARE recently conducted an independent analysis of the UN Peace building Commission’s first year of work in Sierra Leone and Burundi and the report was written to coincide with the UN’s own review of the Peace building Commission, which was presented to the UN in New York last week.
According to a press release from CAFOD the report also incorporated interviews with ex-combatants, war-wounded civilians and community representatives, United Nations, international donors and government officials
ActionAid’s Policy Analyst, Annie Street said, “The world needs the new UN Peace building Commission to work. For too long, political will and resources have evaporated just when a peace dividend should be kicking.”
However, the report also catalogues several shortcomings with the Peace building Commission’s process which could have been done during the Commission’s first year in the country to effectively tackle the root causes of the rebel war.
According to the Executive Director of Network Movement for Justice and Development, Abu Brima, the civil society and local communities are largely unaware of the Commission’s purpose and activities.
“The Commission needs to look at ways in which it can more effectively communicate with the grassroots, which is essential for building a deeper understanding of its role and the potential it could have on society as a whole,” he said.