Our Work For Peace
Capacity Building for Motorbike Riders in Human Rights
“Having a voice”
Project: Capacity Building for Motorbike Riders in Human
Rights, Democracy and Peacebuilding
Duration: 2006 to 2012
Supported by: National Endowment for Democracy
Everybody in Sierra Leone knows commercial bike riders for their very own style of riding a motor bike. But not only that: People are aware that Motorbike Riders are often former rebels who were reintegrated and offered a bike to get them off the streets and create income. The existing is a post conflict phenomenon.
Conflicts with passengers, the police and road users are very common. And the dynamics often get out of control. As a result of the assessment (The Dilemma of Reconciliation in Sierra Leone. Challenges posed on the Role of Civil Society) undertaken by Green Scenery’s director Joseph Rahall the commercial Motorbike Riders were one of the areas were peacebuilding activities should be initiated. Green Scenery got engaged with capacity building and advocacy.
- Workshops on civic responsibilities, democracy and Human Rights filled the gap of knowledge on the commercial Motorbike Riders side, radio discussions and rallies informed the public about their commitment to peace.
- Management trainings supported the interim body of the association to gain credibility among their members and fulfill their difficult task in a transparent way.
- Talks and workshops with the police and other stakeholders supported the dialogue between conflicting parties and brought some basic understanding.
- Support in the creation of a Motorbike Riders union working on a constitution that will sustain, holding consultative member and delegates meetings, introducing a voting system, organizing a national assembly