AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS)
Project Title. Understanding and working with local sources of peace, security and justice in West Africa
Synopsis. This project investigates the nature and scope of non-state actors’ contribution to security, peace and justice in Ghana and Liberia, and their interaction with state and international actors and institutions. It will explore the potential for constructive engagement or positive acknowledgement among these different parties, asking whether greater acknowledgement of and linkage with non-state sources that are actually underpinning local peace contributes to state formation and to more effective and legitimate security services. Researchers from Australia, Ghana and Liberia will cooperate closely; fieldwork will be conducted in rural and urban regions of the two countries.