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About us - Track Records

Prominent among our Track Records are:

  • The Organization was instrumental in addressing the issues and concerns of war victims within the wider civil society. This stands out clearly by the humanitarian assistance rendered to internally displaced person. On the 11th of January 1999, the Organization declared the National Stadium as a temporary camp that housed over 40,000 displaced persons. At the camp CSM-SL provided not only the enabling environment for the operation of relief agencies, but also the voluntary manpower for the distribution of relief supply.
  • CSM-SL set up the stage for a National Consultative conference, which culminated in the signing of the Lomé Peace Accord on 7th July 1999. Similar conferences were held in the Southern and Eastern Provinces. With these initial successes, the National Commission for Democracy and Human Rights (NCDHR) set up the National Committee (framework) for the Lomé Peace Talks. CSM-SL provided technical assistance in these consultations.
  • CSM-SL made a high-level representation at the Lomé Peace Talks - representing the voice and aspirations (for peace) of ordinary Sierra Leoneans.
  • On July 17th, 1999, CSM-SL called for a stay home campaign. This stay home campaign was one of the most successful campaigns ever in the history of the country. The rationale for this campaign was to send appropriate signals to representatives of the stakeholders during the Lomé Peace Talks, that Sierra Leoneans could not be intimidated into accepting all their demands.
  • In May 2000, the Civil Society Movement-Sierra Leone wooed members of parliament into the establishment of a joint Parliamentary/Civil Society Movement Consultative Forum. This laid the foundation for the May 8, 2000, path breaking demonstration against the intransigence of the RUF Leader, which led to his subsequent arrest and detention.
  • CSM-SL organized a nationwide rally on November 23rd, 2000. The overall objective of the rally was to address development hinging on national security and to show solidarity with the British Troops in Sierra Leone.
  • CSM-SL formed part of an international team of observers from Sierra Leone in the Ghana presidential and parliamentary elections on 7th December 2000.
  • CSM-SL formed part of an International Team which attended the First Pan-African Capacity Summit in Bamako-Mali, 2000
  • Third Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) from 29 – 31 January 2001, on the on-going crisis in the Mano River Basin.
  • CSM-SL attended the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace in the United States of America, June 2001.
  • CSM-SL participated in the first OAU-Civil Society Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (11th–15th June 2001) on Building partnership for promoting peace and development.
  • CSM-SL organized and hosted the first Mano River Union civil society conference in October 2001 (9th–11th) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The theme for this conference was “building coalition for sustainable peace, democracy and development in the Mano River Union". This conference led to the establishment of the Mano River Union Civil Society Movement.
  • Workshop on National Conflict Management Capacity Building in November 2001 (20th–23rd), organized by the Peace and Development Initiatives in Collaboration with UNDP and UNDESSD.
  • On May 14, 2002, National Election, CSM-SL trained 115 of its members and deployed them nationwide to observe the voter registration process. CSM-SL as part of a coalition for election monitoring was pivotal in the formation of the National Election Watch (NEW), which for the first time fielded 428 observers nationwide to observe the polling day.
  • Also, as part of a sub-regional approach and in which the Mano River Union Civil Society Movement was established, CSM-SL formed part of a Mano River Union Observation team to observe the May 14th, 2002, Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone.

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