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Sierra Leone experienced an 11-year civil war, brutalizing its people and destroying its communities. With the cessation of violence, international organizations helped to secure peace, deliver aid and supplies, and, after, assist with development projects. This grounded theory study, which aims to understand the role these organizations played from the viewpoint of community members in 2 communities, posits that community members’ regard of international organizations lessened as their efforts transitioned from securing the peace and relief efforts to aid for development. Highlighted are the successes and challenges of this work and a broad discussion of implications and recommendations.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Community Practice, volume 27, issue 1, in 2019, available online at DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2019.1580654. It may differ slightly from the final version of record.

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Taylor & Francis



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