Report on the Elections, Conflict Prevention and Youth Violence in the Mano River Union: Stakeholder’s Dialogue

The Mano River Union was founded by three West African Heads of States (President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, President Siaka P. Stevens of Sierra Leone and President William Tolbert) with a focus to promote unity and fraternal ties among Member States. Later, Cote d’Ivoire was added as a member of the Mano River Union with the same objective. In spite of this, political violence, armed conflicts, widespread political violence and social instability have greatly hit Mano River Union countries for the past two decades. That has created a lot of unrest, instability, loss of lives and property and displaced individuals which consequently affected the social cohesion of people in the different countries of the MRU.

The conference brought together over one hundred participants drawn from Civil Society in Sierra Leone and the Mano River Union Liberia, but also taking keen interest in learning from the experiences from Kenya and Ghana. The expertise, rich experiences and lessons learnt and best practices that participants they brought to the space made for lively but critical in examining alternatives for promoting political tolerance, peace coexistence and good governance in sierra Leone and the region taking into consideration the urgency, importance and seriousness of the issue under discussion.

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