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International economic aid is one of the main factors that help facilitate the process of reconciliation and sustained peace, especially in developing countries. Utilizing Liberia as a case study, I argue that economic aid will be effectively utilized if allocated to local NGOs and grassroots organizations which will increase capacity for rule of law and community dialogue.  This paper will examine rule of law in Liberia, explain why the current government is inefficient due to corruption, assess donor involvement in the process of aid allocation,  and ultimately propose why NGOs sustain peacebuilding.

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South Africa Discussion Questions

  1. The concept of symbols and creating a unified narrative is a recurring theme in the process of reconciliation, especially in Bosnia and South Africa. Is the creation of symbols and a collaborative narrative problematic? Does it facilitate reconciliation or create further divisions between groups?
  2. Can sports truly facilitate reconciliation in South Africa? Did the 2010 World Cup illustrate unity in the country?
  3.  The Hoglund and Sundberg article brought up the concept of quotas and affirmative action in South Africa. Is this a useful tool to  facilitate reconciliation? Is this a fair practice or does it create more problems in the long run?
  4.  In the Bond article, he writes that post-apartheid policy has failed low-income people in many areas and the average black African household income has decreased, while white household incomes have increased. Is the TRC to blame for the persistent inequality due to the lack of reparations? Was the anticipated result of the TRC overly optimistic?
  5. Did the TRC’s focus on amnesty ultimately undermine the reconciliation process?

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Books on Economic Assistance

Economic Assistance and Conflict Transformation: Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=342981

Economic Assistance and the Northern Ireland Conflict

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Northern Ireland?

In conducting research on economic assistance to Liberia, I have come upon a lot of literature on economic assistance to Northern Ireland. I don’t know whether to incorporate Northern Ireland into my paper as a successful model for Liberia or not? Does this mean I have to change my thesis statement?

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Great Article With Useful Sources

http://www.e-ir.info/2007/12/22/discuss-the-significance-of-aid-and-peace-dividends-for-the-prospects-of-post-conflict-stability/

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AidData 2.0

An awesome database that looks at aid allocation

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February 13, 2013 · 9:33 pm

Thesis Statement

Economic assistance is one of the main factors that help facilitate the process of reconciliation and sustained peace, especially in developing countries. Utilizing Liberia as a case study, I argue that economic aid plays an important role in sustaining peace building and  alleviating ethnic conflict. My paper will assess the process of aid allocation, the organizations and countries involved and ultimately who the money benefits. Furthermore, I will examine other case studies pertaining to either Northern Ireland or South Africa to further assess how Liberia could continue to deepen the peace process.

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