Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Sustainable Development: Diamonds, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods in Sierra Leone

By Tony Binns and Roy Maconachie.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The paper examines priorities for post-war reconstruction in Sierra Leone, the world’s poorest country. Relationships between diamond mining and rural development are evaluated in formulating a strategy for sustainable development.

Keywords: Sierra Leone, Post-conflict Reconstruction, Rural Development, Diamond Mining, Sustainable Livelihoods

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.205-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.135MB).

Prof Tony Binns

Tony Binns joined the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in October 2004, having worked at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, since 1975. His research has focused on issues relating to community-based development mainly in Africa. Over the past 30 years he has researched and written about; irrigation development in Morocco, rural development and diamond mining in Sierra Leone, pressures facing pastoralists in Nigeria, export food production in Gambia and Kenya, urban agriculture in Nigeria, and post-apartheid community-based development in South Africa. He is particularly interested in the interface between people and environment in the development context. He has written or edited 12 books, and over 60 refereed journal articles.

Dr Roy Maconachie

Roy was awarded his PhD at Sussex in 2004 and he began a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Development Studies in January 2005. His research has explored issues concerning natural resource management at the people-environment interface, indigenous perceptions of environmental change, and community self-reliance and sustainable livelihoods in West Africa. Roy's doctoral work examined the social, economic and cultural contexts of land degradation in peri-urban areas, with specific reference to recent developments in and around the burgeoning city of Kano in northern Nigeria. Upon completion of his PhD, Roy undertook a Nuffield funded study in Sierra Leone that was concerned with rebuilding institutions and rural livelihoods in a post-conflict framework. More recently, his Leverhulme funded study, also being undertaken in Sierra Leone, assesses the impact of conflict and dislocation on community institutions and structures, and considers how institutional arrangements function in wetland environments, under evolving conditions of decentralization.

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