West Africa Network for Peacebuilding – Sierra Leone started as Coalition of Collaborative Peacebuilding Programme, (CCP) in 1998 when the country was in the process of resolving its own civil conflict that started in 1991. The coalition comprised organizations like Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Action Aid, Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), ABC-Development, Democracy and Development Associates (DA-DA SL) and Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR). It was established to add the citizens’ voice through civil society to the peace process. With the demand for popular participation and representation from all over the country, it transformed to Network on Collaborative Peacebuilding – Sierra Leone (NCP-SL) in 2002. Being one of the national peacebuilding networks in the region, but with a name distinct from the other national networks, it was encouraged to carry the name WANEP-Sierra Leone like its counterparts in other countries in the West Africa Sub-region.
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-Sierra Leone (WANEP-SL) is now a well established national network of peacebuilding civil society organizations including women’s groups and religious institutions committed to encourage, facilitate and mobilize local initiatives for peacebuilding, promotion of gender justice, conflict resolutions and transformation. WANEP-SL is a membership network with 58 registered organizations across the country with a share responsibility and interest to prevent conflict and build peace.

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