Civil Society and Democratized Peace in Postwar Sierra Leone



The chapter is divided into five main sections. The first deals with a general overview of the historical evolution of local civil society. The second outlines the literature review as well as the theoretical underpinnings that informs the chapter. The third section discusses the impact of the civil war on local civil society. The fourth deals with the contributions of civil society followed by a critical assessment of such contributions. The final section contains some policy recommendations and the conclusion, which weaves all of the core elements together.


Social Capital Civil Society Good Governance Civil Society Group Global Civil Society 
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