Chiefs, NGOs and alternative conflict resolution mechanisms in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Felix Marco Conteh

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Abstract

The nature of chieftaincy has been identified as one of the causes of Sierra Leone’s civil conflict, but the institution has largely retained its pre-war privileges and conflict triggers. Using evidence from ethnographic research, this piece investigates the tensions between chiefs and NGOs in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Chiefs perceive NGOs as undercutting their powers and livelihood, resulting in strains. Given the entrenched nature of chieftaincy, current attempts by NGOs to ensure better judicial outcomes for the poor will produce limited success, if the prevailing atmosphere of mistrust persists. A trustful and congenial relationship between chiefs and NGOs is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516 – 529
Number of pages14
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Volume41
Issue number142
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2014

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