The African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme at ACCORD conducted a training for peacebuilders in Monrovia, Liberia, from 8-10 October 2008. The training was aimed at developing and building on the skills of those engaged in the peacebuilding process in Liberia.
The training brought together 45 representatives of the Government of Liberia, the United Nations Mission to Liberia (UNMIL), the United Nations Country Team agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and academia. Participants were also drawn from several regions of Liberia, including Montserrado, Lofa, Bong, Nimba and Gbarpolu counties.
Back row L – R (first person) Walter Lotze (Senior Programme Office, ACCORD) and (last person far right) Cedric de Coning (Research Fellow, ACCORD) with course participants. This picture was kindly provided by Mr. James C. Ballah: UNHCR Voinjama, Liberia.
Over the course of the three days sessions were conducted on numerous aspects of the peacebuilding process, building on the skill-set of peacebuilding practitioners in Liberia. The training was designed to enable the exchange of experiences between key peacebuilding actors, mutual learning, and the development of skills which will assist in the implementation of peacebuilding programmes and undertakings in Liberia.
ACCORD was honoured to host the new Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Conmany B. Wesseh, at a cocktail reception held at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia on 09 October 2008. The reception provided an opportunity for the course participants and ACCORD Staff to interact with Ambassador Wesseh and to discuss the ongoing peacebuilding process in Liberia.