7 activities 2018 with the combined value of USD 621 k, summarized by
Svenska kyrkan frame 2018-2022 USD 185 262

Multisector education/training

Description

Svenska kyrkan framework agreement 2018-2022

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-6-5403055101-LBR-43081

Women, War Trauma, and Peace Building: Gendered Attitudes in Sierra Leone and Liberia USD 155 344

Research/scientific institutions

Description

The ´women and peace´ hypothesis has long been an important influence in both scholarly and popular thinking around gender and conflict, suggesting that women hold more pacific attitudes than men. However, this hypothesis has until recently never been studied in countries that have been torn by internal armed conflict. Building on findings from a recent study on Rwanda, the present proposal suggests, counter to the hypothesis, that due to the different types and levels of trauma exposure women and men are subjected to in war, women will have significantly more negative attitudes than men to issues of relevance for peacebuilding. In essence, we suggest that there is a gendered effect on peacebuilding attitudes that go through exposure to war-related trauma and psychological health. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, combining peace research with psychology, this project will conduct surveys, focus groups, and in depth interviews in Sierra Leone and Liberia, to explore the challenges of and attitudes towards post-conflict peacebuilding among women and men. The project will make a unique contribution theoretically but also practically by increasing our knowledge of women´s and men´s experiences of and attitudes to peacebuilding in post-conflict settings, and the reasons for these attitudes, which will provide critical information for understanding the challenges of peace-building, and ultimately for improving the prospects for peace.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

The Swedish Research Council

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-29-2014-3780-251-43082

An Impediment or Inducement to Peace? The Inclusion of Civil Society Actors in the Peace Processes in Sierra Leone and Liberia USD 115 070

Research/scientific institutions

Description

Does the involvement of civil society actors in civil war peace processes affect the success or failure of the peace negotiations, and does it affect the long-term prospects for sustainable peace in developing post-war societies? These are pertinent questions that local and international mediators and policymakers grapple over in a large number of contemporary peace processes, notably those in Mali, Syria, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Colombia. The purpose of this project is to identify both the conditions under which civil society actors may influence the dynamics and outcome of a peace process, and explore the more long-term effects of such involvement on the prospects for establishing sustainable peace and democratic governance in war-torn societies. In particular, this project aims to address key questions about the relevance of the number of civil society actors involved, the type of actors, and their various roles and functions during the process. In order to do so, we will conduct an in-depth comparative analysis of two post-war countries, Sierra Leone and Liberia, that have both seen a significant degree of civil society involvement over the years, although with striking differences between various peace negotiations, and with intriguing variations concerning the outcome across time and space. The findings from this project will be of great relevance not only to the academic community, but also to policymakers working on these issues.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

The Swedish Research Council

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-29-2014-3847-251-43082

Social and cultural dimensions of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa: Ontological friction and the ills of ‘western witchcraft’ USD 53 699

Research/scientific institutions

Description

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa was one of the worst public health crises in modern history. A major problem contributing to its rapid spread and tragic consequences was the widespread belief in afflicted communities that the epidemic was caused by foreign sorcery and that biomedical relief teams sent in to control the disease were actually spreading the disease rather than combatting it. As a result, the emergency response teams met with strong and sometimes violent resistance from local communities, significantly hampering the Ebola eradication effort. The present project aims to explore (1) the reasons for this widespread resistance to the eradication effort and, particularly, its association with witchcraft/sorcery, and (2) why sorcery allegations were primarily directed against foreign medical personnel to the point that afflicted communities perceived themselves to be victims of 'western sorcery'? The project will run for three years and involve anthropological fieldwork and extensive library research. Fieldwork will be carried out in Guinea and involve participatory observation, collection of illness narratives, case studies of sorcery allegations and interviews with recovered patients and afflicted families, local health workers, traditional healers and members of international Ebola response teams. No similar comprehensive study of the Ebola epidemic has been carried out.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

The Swedish Research Council

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-29-2016-05625_1-251-43082

Arrested development: The dangerous mix of patronage and justice in post-conflict countries USD 46 028

Research/scientific institutions

Description

Managing perpetrators of war crimes has been identified as a key challenge for peacebuilding in the wake of civil war. This project focuses on what happens to post-war societies at the moment leaders are arrested, which we suggest threaten former wartime leaders' patronage networks and may provoke a return to violence. We argue that violence is particularly likely to occur when incarcerated leaders have monopolized peacetime flows of patronage to their constituencies. In such situations, arrests are likely to leave clients in need, obliging them to leave the network. To salvage waning networks junior elites have incentives to organize armed attacks to compel the authorities to give them positions in the government or release the detained leader. The study will employ a mixed-method approach; a quantitative study of post-armed conflict arrests in the world (1946 to 2015) will be accompanied by a structured, focused comparison between the incarceration of Slobodan Milosevic (ex-Yugoslavia) and Charles Taylor (Liberia). By combining quantitative evidence with case analysis, this project will provide unique insights into the effect of the socioeconomic, political and military influence that wartime leaders often maintain even in post-conflict societies. The findings will advance scholarship and contribute to policy recommendation about how states can establish accountable and transparent rules and institutions that promote peace, security, and development.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

The Swedish Research Council

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-29-2016-05734_3-251-43082

TA Ocean conference Liberia USD 33 934

Rural development

Description

Technical assistance to regional ocean Conference in Liberia.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-6-12473A0101-LBR-43040

Lantmäteriet Fact Finding Mission to Liberia USD 32 098

Urban land policy and management

Description

The contribution is a support to Lantmäteriet to undertake a fact finding mission in Liberia with Liberia Land Authority and key stakeholders in the land sector with the aim to develop a project proposal for long-term technical cooperation and capacity building between the Liberia Land Authority and Lantmäteriet. The main development challenge to be addressed by this contribution is severe weak capacity and weakness in wide range of systems and services relating to the land sector resulting among other things to high risks of conflict related to land. Unresolved situations of capacity weaknesses in the land sector has potential to undermine Liberia's peace and stability, economic development and the poverty reduction efforts. Liberia Land Authority is a new insitution of the Liberia established with the mandate to implement effective land management. The Embassy sees a twinning cooperation between the Liberia Land Authority and Lantmäteriet as an important step to formalise long-term institutional cooperation wherein Liberia can benefit from the technical expertise and experiences of Lantmäteriet as it takes steps to resolve the myriad challenges in the land sector.

Activity length

Delivery channel

Bilateral

Granting agency

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Activity identifier

SE-0-SE-6-11993A0101-LBR-43031

Year Value (SEK) Value (USD)
2020 SEK 2,8 m USD 296 k
2019 SEK 19,5 m USD 2.1 m
2018 SEK 5,4 m USD 621 k
2017 SEK 6,8 m USD 797 k
2016 SEK 8,1 m USD 947 k
2015 SEK 5,9 m USD 697 k
2014 SEK 2,9 m USD 418 k
2013 SEK 1,2 m USD 184 k
2012 SEK 73,1 t USD 10.8 k
2011 SEK 208 t USD 32.0 k
2010 SEK -16 t USD -2.3 k
2009 SEK 725 t USD 95.0 k
2008 SEK 1,8 m USD 268 k
2007 SEK 1,1 m USD 165 k
2006 SEK 1,1 m USD 145 k
2005 SEK 986 t USD 132 k
2004 SEK 976 t USD 133 k
2003 SEK 319 t USD 39.4 k
2002 SEK 415 t USD 42.6 k
2001 SEK 838 t USD 81.0 k
2000 SEK 161 t USD 17.6 k
1999 SEK 33,8 t USD 4.1 k
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Liberia

Human Development Index
176
(Ranking 189 countries, 2019)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
677.3
(Per capita in USD, 2018)
World's aid (ODA) as percentage of GNI
20.2 %
(ODA, 2018)
Swedish part of total aid (ODA)
11.3 %
(ODA, 2018)

Multisector

Support for projects that cover several sectors.