Community-Based Social Protection Mechanisms in Africa’s Borderlands – Liberia and Sierra Leone Case Study

The report on “Community-based social protection mechanisms in Africa’s borderlands – Liberia and Sierra Leone case study” is the outcome of case studies undertaken in Liberia and Sierra Leone that are part of a larger sub-Saharan Africa regional study that includes Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. This study focuses on the borderland regions in Liberia and Sierra Leone. These regions face complex development challenges that intersect with peace-building and humanitarian action. Despite these challenges, these borderlands have immense opportunities for transformation. Recognizing the urgency to build and strengthen functioning state-sponsored and community-based social protection systems (CBSPOs), the objective of this project was to bring additional and distinct insights to the larger regional study, by comparing the differences, similarities and common mechanisms in borderland regions of Liberia and Sierra Leone and capturing their specific cross-border dynamics. To achieve this goal, a Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) was adopted to analyse the existing context and understand how community-based social protection mechanisms affect livelihood outcomes in the border context. The methodology encompassed both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, each serving a specific purpose to capture the intricate dynamics of borderland communities and CBSPOs.