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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-16

Developing culturally relevant indicators of reintegration for girls, formerly associated with armed groups, in Sierra Leone using a participative ranking methodology

1 Senior Research Associate with the Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (address for correspondence 60 Haven Avenue, New York, NY10032, USA
2 Research Director of the Careand Protection of Children Initiative within the Program on Forced Migration & Health
3 Senior Technical Adviser with Christian Children's Fund and a Professor of Clinical Population & Family Heath with PFMH
4 Director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health

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This article describes a participative ranking methodology for identifying local understanding of reintegration and adjustment of potential value in programme planning and evaluation. It was applied in the specific context of girls formerly associated with fighting forces in Sierra Leone. Fourteen discussion groups, utilizing spontaneous listing and participative ranking activities, within a focus group framework, were conducted in 10 communities. Discussions served to identify family support, marriage, involvement in communal activities and income generating activities as locally seen as significant indicators of a girl's successful reintegration after the war. This method offers a flexible approach to identifying culturally relevant indictors of reintegration that have the potential for wide use in programme planning and evaluation.

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