Action for Community and Human Development (ACOHD)
To build the capacities of communities in southeastern Liberia to advocate for accountability and transparency in local governance. ACOHD will organize capacity-building workshops both for District Development Communities and for women and young people, and will organize a series of town hall meetings to focus on leadership skills and participation in community decision-making.
American Center for International Labor Solidarity
To enhance the capacity of the Liberian unions as key civil society actors. The Solidarity Center will strengthen trade unions and enable them to respond more effectively to the needs of workers and to protect and promote the rights of workers. The Solidarity Center will continue to work with the Liberian trade union federations as well as the sectoral/local unions to build their capacity on issues related to basic trade unionism, with a particular emphasis on organizing, collective bargaining, and grievance handling.
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC)
To increase citizens’ understanding of legal procedures and respect for the rule of law. The JPC will provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent people whose rights have been violated but cannot afford private legal services and extend its legal services to civic and democratic institutions that local and national authorities try to censure through court hearings or detention.
Center for Democracy and Elections (CENDE)
To educate rural citizens about their constitutional and electoral rights and duties. CENDE will strengthen its outreach to young people by conducting three training sessions for history teachers in select secondary schools in the target counties. CENDE’s trainers will educate teachers about democracy, good governance, elections, and positive youth participation in the democratic process.
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To improve governance and fight corruption at the local level in order to stimulate a more participatory democracy and a positive business climate. CIPE will work with the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) and Global Integrity (GI) to develop a toolkit that will inform a serious debate on how civil society, the private sector, and government can work cooperatively towards promoting improved local governance in the country.
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To promote democratic governance by developing the skills and technical expertise necessary for effective advocacy, governance, and management of local business associations. CIPE, in coordination with the Liberian Business Association, will organize a five-day capacity-building program in association management, governance, public policy advocacy, and the role of business associations in democratic development.
Center for Law and Human Rights Education (CLHRE)
To increase Liberians’ consciousness of human rights, fundamental liberties, and the rule of law, and improve access to justice in marginalized communities. CLHRE will continue to offer pro bono legal aid to indigent citizens and victims of human rights abuse, hold human rights education workshops, and report on human rights violations.
Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP)
To improve the standards of journalism in Liberia by strengthening the knowledge and skills of media practitioners. CEMESP will recruit experienced journalists, lawyers, university lecturers, prominent newspaper editors, and radio producers to lead a training program for journalists and media managers.
Center for Peace Education and Democracy (COPE)
To improve advocacy among rural communities and institutions to combat arms-related violence and expose hidden arms. COPE will invite 30 rural inhabitants for each of its three-day workshops, including chiefs, traditional leaders, youth, leaders of women’s associations, Zoes and Bodios (traditional healers and priests), local officials, and members of village organizations.
Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL)
To promote civic education and citizen participation in budget monitoring. CENTAL will organize two workshops in Monrovia on participatory budgeting for religious leaders, civil society groups, and CENTAL’s community-based transparency clubs.
Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy (COPDA)
To build the capacity of grassroots citizen groups to advocate for justice and reconciliation. COPDA will conduct two one-day seminars in Nimba County on “Justice, Reconciliation, and Democracy” for rural political authorities, judges, and community leaders. In collaboration with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), COPDA will lead community dialogues on truth and reconciliation, providing participants with information on the purpose and function of the TRC and how the TRC facilitates community reconciliation.
Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy (FOHRD)
To improve citizens’ understanding of the national budget and promote their advocacy for fiscal accountability. FOHRD will publish a report on the federal budget, fiscal policy, and spending priorities, and produce bi-monthly video reports on legislative activity. FOHRD will also hold community awareness-raising workshops on budget making and oversight.
Human Rights Watch Women and Children (HURWAWCHI)
To raise awareness and support for children’s rights. HURWAWCHI will hold two-day palava hut discussions. Discussion participants will include elders, community members, parents, former child soldiers, and neglected and abandoned children, with the aim to de-traumatize children and reunite them with their communities.
Liberia Democratic Institute (LDI)
To promote community participation in governance and advocacy for accountability and transparency in public affairs in Liberia. LDI will train 13 Community Development Committees on improving dialogue with local communities, mobilizing community support, and lobbying public officials to prioritize local development. LDI will hold town hall meetings providing local citizens’ forums to discuss community development issues with their elected representatives.
Liberia National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA)
To develop an effective and vibrant civil society in Liberia. LINLEA will conduct a two-day roundtable discussion for 40 law enforcement executives to discuss administrative challenges and review the performance of law enforcement agencies to identify areas for improvement and possible intervention.
Liberia Watch for Human Rights (LWHR)
To increase the level of awareness on environmental and socioeconomic rights among rural community members. LWHR will organize workshops on resource management for local community leaders; members of community-based organizations; representatives of the ministries of labor and rural development; and managers of extractive industry companies. Participants will then negotiate a working strategy on labor terms and environmental management between the Liberian government, investors, and local communities.
Movement for Peace and Reconciliation in Liberia (MOPAR)
To build the capacity of community leaders to resolve disputes, mediate inter-communal conflicts, and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law in Sinoe County. MOPAR will conduct workshops on democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution; establish community Peace Forum meetings to discuss peace and democracy; and bring together leaders of conflicting ethnic groups to discuss conflict mediation and the importance of peace and the rule of law in a democracy.
National Coalition of Civil Society Activists (NACCSOL)
To strengthen the role of civil society in the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, electoral and legislative advocacy, and democratic governance. NACCSOL will host two three-day assemblies of civil society organizations in Liberia to deliberate on issues of national development, human rights and governance, social justice, and the rule of law.
National Prison Monitor (NAPRIM)
To improve respect of prisoners’ rights by officials, justices of the peace, magistrates, and correction officials. NAPRIM will organize four two-day workshops in Grand Cape Mount County on respecting prisoners’ rights for magistrates, justices of the peace, county attorneys, city solicitors, police commanders, sheriffs, court bailiffs, and prison and law enforcement officers. NAPRIM will also investigate prison conditions and cases of prisoner abuse.
NAYMOTE – Partners for Democratic Development (NAYMOTE – PADD)
To promote active youth participation in governance, decision making, and strengthening the democratic process. NAYMOTE – PADD will conduct a broad array of outreach activities primarily for young people and students, but will also engage community-based organizations, women’s groups, traditional leaders, and local authorities. NAYMOTE – PADD’s two county coordinators will recruit 16 volunteers and four field monitors to assist in project implementation and community outreach.
Press Union of Liberia (PUL)
To improve the professional standards of journalists and build the capacity of media professionals to report on human rights and governance issues. PUL will train journalists and media practitioners in ethics and reporting standards, hold workshops for rural journalists, and organize consultative meetings with members of civil society organizations. PUL will continue its monthly lecture series and sustain its media resource center.
Prisoners Assistance Program (PAP)
To strengthen community advocacy for human rights protection in Margibi County. PAP will organize a series of advocacy meetings for human rights protection with police, elected and traditional leaders, and court officials. PAP will continue monitoring prisons and detention centers in Monrovia and Kakata, and provide mediation services for deserving inmates. PAP will also continue to monitor and document the behavior of security personnel.
Rural Human Rights Activists Programme (RHRAP)
To improve rural communities’ capacity for conflict mediation. RHRAP will coordinate project activities from its field office in Gbarnga, Bong County and hold 10 village meetings for 60 participants each in the rural areas of Bong, Lofa, and Nimba counties.
Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)
To build leadership capacity within community-based organizations and citizen groups to engage elected officials and members of local government to defend human and environmental rights.
SDI will organize six public forums, two in each county, on the National Forestry Reform Law.
Zorzor District Women Care, Inc, (ZODWOCA)
To mobilize rural women for the advocacy, promotion, and protection of their basic rights. ZODWOCA will conduct four two-day workshops on human rights in Lofa County, Liberia. For each workshop, ZODWOCA will select 30 community leaders, 10 male and 20 female, from four towns in Zorzor District.