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IDS Policy Briefing;48

Undercurrents of Violence: Why Sierra Leone’s Political Settlement is not Working

Published on 13 January 2014

Debates over violence, security, humanitarian and development imperatives have long been polarised. However, as seen in Syria and Mali, the question is not simply whether one should intervene but rather how and for whose benefit. In this context, a closer look at the case of Sierra Leone – touted in many circles as a success story – yields interesting insights into the limits of its political settlement.

Pro-poor development outcomes need to be at the heart of any negotiated political settlement. Failure to address fundamental issues around access to power, accountability regarding control of natural resources, and extreme poverty itself has resulted in marginalisation and disenfranchisement, and new forms of violence.

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Jeremy Allouche

Professorial Fellow

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published by
IDS
authors
Allouche, Jeremy
journal
IDS Policy Briefing, issue 48
language
English

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Programmes and centres
Addressing and mitigating violence
Region
Sierra Leone

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