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Evaluations/Assessments | December 20, 2016

State of Peace, Reconciliation and Conflict in Liberia

This report is the result of an in-depth conflict analysis, carried out by CRS in March 2016 for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL), in response to CABICOL members’ deep concern over the slow pace of post-war recovery in Liberia and the growing risk of renewed conflict. The report provides data, analysis and recommendations to assist the Catholic Church, its Justice and Peace Commissions, Caritas Internationalis and civil society organizations to better understand the conflict dynamics in Liberia. Furthermore, it provides a basis for developing and implementing actions that foster constructive community relations, inclusive development and sustainable peace. A brief of the full report and a two-page overview of the assessment are also available.

The study offers a glimpse into the feelings, perceptions, thoughts and opinions of Liberians regarding the challenges, obstacles, opportunities and prospects for peace in the country. The specific findings and conclusions are presented in three essential areas: 1) Peace and conflict, 2) Democratic governance, and 3) Social cohesion. The key takeaways follow the central aim of the study and highlight key elements for furthering reconciliation and building positive peace.


  • Acknowledgements

  • Executive Summary

  • Liberia Today: Context and challenges

  • Background and Methodology 

  • Findings and Analysis

  • Recommendations