Building Sustainable Peace





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Sierra Leone

Location: Bo, Sierra Leone

Total Budget: $107,172

Area of Focus: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention

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Sierra Leone has struggled to maintain peace following a long and bitter civil war. The Ebola crisis and 2017's mudslides and floods have placed additional strains on the country. Women have historically been marginalized in the society. UN Resolution 1325 calls for the increased participation of women at all levels of decision-making, in peace negotiations, and in mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. The large population of young people in the region are facing a high rate of unemployment and an economic crisis. Confronting these issues is critical to building a sustainable peace. For these and other reasons, Mediators Beyond Borders, International (MBBI)'s Sierra Leone Team has developed a program to train women and youth to assume leadership positions.

The program developed is intended to provide in-depth and long-term support of capable and empowered leaders who are: (1) skilled in conflict prevention and resolution, and who (2) are empowered to take active roles in sustaining peace and building societal resilience, and (3) are actively engaged in Sierra Leone's ongoing development.

The program is designed to provide training via a core, 5-day intensive learning program followed by personalized coaching, a robust network of in-country colleagues and peers comprising a vibrant support system, ongoing training and skill refreshers (live and virtual), and a dedicated team and resource materials available as appropriate to facilitate leadership and change agent processes. Specific training blends theory and practical learning in leadership, conflict management, communication, civic responsibilities, personal leadership and development processes, team effectiveness, among other topics. Approximately six months after the original 5-day session, participants will participate in a webinar to share experiences and practices.

Up to 28 regional women and youth will participate in each session, each selected by local leaders based on their potential to lead and train others in their communities. Targeted curriculum covers Women's Empowerment courses that equip women with political aspirations to seek public office in line with Sierra Leone's goal of increasing women in political leadership to 30%, as well as to serve as leaders in their respective communities. Sierra Leonean culture faces additional challenges as changes to gender roles threaten traditional family and social structure. This resulting widespread disruption also makes the country vulnerable, and our program will seek to empower women to build the capacity to manage these risks and become leaders while managing conflict situations.

The Youth Leadership curriculum, designed for participants ages 21-35, raises awareness of leadership potential of young people who comprise the majority of the population, empowering them with skills to address issues such as unemployment and conflict management in order to become change agents for non-violent problem-solving and serve as resources for community development.

During the recent trip in February 2018, four workshops on Building Unity for Peaceful Elections were held with 300 participants from diverse stakeholder groups from civil society. Tribal Chiefs also attended and supported the workshops. The MBBI team and local partners conducted needs assessment interviews and focus groups with corporate CEO's, UNDP, women's and youth leaders, youth and women. Data collected overwhelmingly supports the challenges of women and youth in society, and the need for building the capacity of women and youth leaders.

The Program Objective is to significantly increase collaborative problem-solving and consensus building skills for 56 participants over a 12-month period so that at least 80% of participants will go on to establish peace building programs in their community. This is based on discussions with our partners which are still ongoing.

The direct Beneficiaries will be approximately 28 women and 28 young people participating in the programs. These participants will then impact potentially hundreds in their communities throughout the country. Participants will learn more about Rotary, and members of the Rotary Clubs will also learn more about conflict resolution.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9101

Rotary Club of: Bo

Primary Contact: John Dixon

Email: johnbalogundixon1@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5910

Rotary Club of: Magnolia

Primary Contact: Real Provencher

Email: rprovencher@mac.com

Project Status

This project is "Completed". This means the project has been implemented and the report was accepted by The Rotary Foundation. The project will stay listed on this website as a testimony of the achievements of the project partners.

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1981756.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Magnolia (5910)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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Draft Budget Aug'19

Draft Grant Application



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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Pledge of $26,025 with $6,881 DDF by Real Provencher of the Rotary Club of Magnolia, District 5910.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Pledge of $5,950 with $2,975 DDF by Real Provencher of the Rotary Club of Magnolia, District 5910.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Pledge of $10,500 with $4,250 DDF by Real Provencher of the Rotary Club of Magnolia, District 5910.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by John Dixon

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.


by Real Provencher

Training completed in January 2020. Phase 2 consisting of peer group coaching began in February 2020 and will continue through October.


by Real Provencher

Interim report to the Foundation filed in July 2020. Final report expected in February 2021.


by Real Provencher

Interim report filed with the Rotary Foundation.


by Real Provencher

Interim report accepted by the Rotary Foundation.


by Real Provencher

Coaching phase ends. Measurement and evaluation phase begins.


by Real Provencher

Project s ongoing. Waiting on COVID-19 travel limitations to expire to complete community assessment.


by Real Provencher

Interim report filed in Septemberí21. Project will be completed in 2022.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Final Report sent to The Rotary Foundation.


by Real Provencher

System Entry: Final Report approved by The Rotary Foundation.

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