On November 26 and 27, 2009, the Leadership Project hosted the first workshop of its renewed collaborative capacity building initiative in Liberia. Facilitated by Emmanuel Bombande, the founder and CEO of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, the workshop encouraged participants from Liberian Government and Civil Society to analyze together the core causes of conflict in Liberia, the obstacles and challenges for national reconciliation, and optional ways of overcoming those challenges as a society. Additionally the workshop provided a safe and open forum for leaders to discuss some of the most critical policy questions in Liberia, including the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, issues relating to decentralization of governance, and education reform.
One participant commented that he found the workshop and discussions particularly helpful to him in his role as a Senator, and expressed interest in establishing a “policy clearing house,” to have issues discussed by a broader range of stakeholders before policies are implemented. President Johnson Sirleaf also conveyed support for and satisfaction with the workshop and high-level of engagement and commitment to Liberian national reconciliation and stability.