Parallel Session 1 | Connect | 13 June 2018, 13.30h - 15.00h  | Room 6.01

Building and sustaining peace through inclusive country dialogues: The case of Sierra Leone


The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) is a partnership between development partners of the OECD-DAC International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), a group of 20 countries affected by fragility and conflict (g7+) and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS).

For the last ten years, the International Dialogue served as a platform for mutual accountability, frank and open exchange, lesson learning and sharing to promote effective support to country owned and country led, inclusive peacebuilding and statebuilding. Its goal is to improve coherence and change ways of getting engagned in fragile contexts, to ensure that international and national support focuses on addressing the root causes of conflict and fragility, building and sustaining peace.

Replicating at country level, the regular and sustained global level dialogue that has been so influential in shaping norms and ideas, has been a challenge for the IDPS. To overcome this, in 2017, the IDPS took the decision to experiment with country level dialogue processes as a means of catalyzing national level discussions around exactly what the experience of New Deal implementation has been, and about how the New Deal principles might be used to shape national planning, implementation and international support.

Sierra Leone stepped forward and agreed to pilot a country dialogue. Since October 2017 a series of virtual and country level discussions, bringing together constituency stakeholders inside Sierra Leone and across the International Dialogue have taken place.


In this session, International Dialogue members who have been involved in the process, from each of the constituencies, will provide their perspectives on what it has achieved so far, and what remains to be done. Participants from the three constituencies will also reflect on how the country dialogue process is seeking to forge coherence between a number of related initiatives.


  • John Caulker, Fambul Tok/CSPPS Country Team, Sierra Leone
  • Abie Elisabeth Kamara, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
  • David Steven, Center for International Cooperation (CIC)/ New York University, USA


  • Mark Mattner, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
  • Kathryn Nwajiaku, International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS)


  • International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS)