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Building Peace in Sierra Leone

Catalyst for Peace and Fambul Tok have paved the way for The Wan Fambul National Framework, exemplifying a new paradigm in international peace and development. See AYV News in Sierra Leone cover the framework and the recent conference on next steps for its national implementation.

Film as a catalyst for reconciliation, with Libby Hoffman

While filming ritual reconciliation processes in Sierra Leone, peacebuilder and philanthropist Libby Hoffman learned that justice for Sierra Leonians isn’t about punishing or ousting a perpetrator. Rather, justice comes through making the community whole again.

Making The World A Better Place With Community Wisdom

ON Point Guest host David Peck and Libby Hoffman discuss the life changing experience that motivated her to write The Answers Are There, and what the rest of the world could learn from her experience to help preserve and save cultures.

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As the founder and president of Catalyst for Peace, Libby Hoffman creates space for those most impacted by violence and war to lead in building the peace and restoring social wholeness. For 15 years, she has focused her work in Sierra Leone, as co-founder, funder and ongoing program partner of Fambul Tok (Family Talk), a post-war reconciliation program rooted in local culture and tradition. After the 2014 Ebola epidemic, she helped adapt the Fambul Tok approach into a national policy framework for people- and community-led planning and development, modeling transformative partnerships between international donors, national governments, and civil society.

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Libby is the author of The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out. She produced the award-winning documentary film Fambul Tok and co-authored a companion book of the same name. A former political science professor at Principia College, she has degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Williams College. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between southern Maine and Washington, DC.

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