The Role of Women in Economic Transformation

Market Women in Sierra Leone

Authored by: Christiana Solomon

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Sierra Leone
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2005
Citation: Solomon, Christina. "The Role of Women in Economic Transformation: Market Women in Sierra Leone." Working Paper, University of Bradford, 2005.

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Executive Summary

Various research has concluded that economic life did not die out during the conflict in Sierra Leone, but took on different forms. Different stakeholders at all levels were engaged in economic activities during the war. The specific roles of women in the shadow economy are under-researched with the result that most analysis and policy-options are inadequate. While some of Sierra Leone’s Market Women strategically participated in war economies to ‘do well out of war’, most did so out of the need to survive. With the end of the war, market women have been able to make a successful transformation to peace economies through micro-credit assistance.