Liberia

Terminal Evaluation of Strengthening Conflict Prevention through Establishing of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms and Improved Alternative Livelihoods for Concession Affected Communities Project

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The civil war in Liberia officially ended in 2003. In October 2003, the UN Security Council established the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and deployed 15,000 peacekeepers across the country. The mission, which lasted for fifteen years, ended in March 2018. The end of UNMIL clearly meant that national ownership for both security and strengthening peacebuilding efforts to maintain the gains made and address critical root causes of conflict rested on the Government of Liberia (GoL). The country’s vast agricultural and mining endowments have been variously controlled by international investors. These natural resources, which are the sources of hope for inclusive economic growth and development, have not been properly managed and continue to pose a threat to sustainable peace especially in concession communities. The Liberian Government Conflict Mapping exercise of 2016 stated that land and property disputes were the most predominant of the three conflict drivers. The study also identified the triggering factors as being driven by citizens’ grievances and deep civil resentment and marginalization.

Purpose and Objectives: The thrust of the assignment was to undertake an end of project evaluation of the Strengthening Conflict Prevention through the establishment of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) and improved alternative livelihoods for concession affected communities to assess outcomes/results achieved in the course of its implementation. The evaluation focused on assessing the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, cross-cutting issues (human rights, gender and youth) and initial impact vis-à-vis the qualitative and quantitative objectives initially planned. Specifically, the consultancy was to assess, measure and identify: results obtained, changes that have taken place, the role played by local authorities, the critical challenges facing concession communities, distil lessons learned and proffer recommendations.