Dr. Alex Sivalie Mbayo is a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He received his PhD in Gender and Peacebuilding from Hiroshima University, Japan, a Masters in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN Mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Fourah Bay College. Dr. Mbayo teaches courses in gender and peacebuilding. He has worked for UNHCR as assistant protection officer in Sierra Leone, and for the EU as an assistant political and elections expert in Sierra Leone. He also does consultancies for various organizations on issues relating to peace.
Publications by Dr. Mbayo include, “Gender Equality—A Cornerstone for Development: Notable Insights from the Sierra Leone Case” in IPSHU English Research Report Series No. 27 (2012), and “The Consequences of Women’s Marginalisation and Exclusion from Peace Processes on Sustainable Peacebuilding in Africa: An Examination of the Sierra Leone case” in Journal of International Development and Cooperation (2011).
This study seeks to assess the level of participation of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in decision making and other political processes such as the 2018 general elections in Sierra Leone, ascertain whether the policies and proviso that should enhance their full and equal participation were fully adhered to. In other words, this study is designed to raise questions and provide answers based on the findings from the field on the level of participation of PWDs, the perceived impacts, and identifying the barriers and challenges for PWDs during the March 2018 elections.