Child soldiers and Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration in West Africa

2006Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

This report describes current child soldier and DDR programs, as well as gaps, funding needs and overlaps identified by those organizations. It further outlines proposals for information sharing and more effective advocacy work on child soldier issues in the sub-region. Ideas for new research are also proposed. this report is not an evaluation or compilation of best practices, but an attempt to share knowledge about the organizations working on DDR in the region, giving an overview of programs being undertaken by child protection agencies in West Africa. It does not intend to give a complete picture and many relevant and important programs and activities are not mentioned here simply because it was not possible to meet every stakeholder.

Key wordsarmed conflict / child soldiers / children / rehabilitation / repatriation

CountriesAfrica / Guinea / Ivory Coast / Liberia / Sierra Leone