This ‘Search for Common Ground (SFCG)’ report highlights local conflict resolution using informal mechanisms in Burkina Faso. The ethnic and religious conflicts that dominate West Africa are marginal in Burkina Faso, making it a good case study for community level conflict resolution. Non-institutionalized methods of mediation — often involving community stakeholders — are discussed as well as Burkinabe people’s preference for these local practices. Unfortunately, however, like informal conflict resolution practices in other places, many of the methods used in Burkina Faso marginalize non-landowners, women, and youth. Recommendations addressing these drawbacks are included. Read full report.