LIBERIA 2020

Advancing Democracy and Governance  

The National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections – Partners for Democratic Development

$49,946

To build citizens’ capacity to promote accountable local and national governance in Liberia through political participation and advocacy. The organization will train citizens to understand local and national governance structures, particularly in light of the newly passed Local Government Act, track political and legislative developments, and engage in advocacy based on their findings.

Amplifying Women’s Voices in Extractives Sector Governance

Committee for Peace and Development Advocacy

$37,000

To enhance women’s capacity to advocate for improved extractives sector governance in Liberia.  The organization will host a consultation with women from rural communities about the impact of the new mining project, expand its women’s network to include more mining communities, and educate women on the main aspects of the mining disclosure agreement. To ensure that women can voice their concerns and questions about the project, the organization will host a series of dialogues between citizens, government officials, and mining company representatives. 

Engaging Citizens to Enhance Service Delivery

Youth in Technology and Arts Network

$38,759

To build individual citizen and civil society capacity to monitor social service provision in rural Liberia. The organization will host a local governance training and a series of dialogues to assess community priorities for local development spending. The organization will work with communities to draft a local development plan and present it to federal officials. The organization will use social audit committees to monitor the provision of social services and to hold elected officials accountable for their promises. The organization will also conduct voter education. 

Improving Service Delivery

Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD)

$50,700

To promote improved service delivery and increase public understanding of the state established citizen feedback mechanism (CFM). The organization will lead an awareness campaign on the CFM and educate citizens on its purpose. Next, the organization will host feedback meetings to ensure that all community members are able to submit feedback to the CFM and to ascertain priority needs for service delivery. The organization will share these priorities with relevant authorities in advocacy meetings and in reports. 

Promoting Access to Justice in Rural Liberia

Human Rights Network Foundation

$51,000

To improve coordination in the criminal justice system and expand access to justice in Liberia. The organization will host a consultation with justice system stakeholders to reduce pre-trial detention along with monthly coordination meetings on similar topics. The organization will train justice system stakeholders on human rights and criminal law and will educate detainees on their rights. The organization will also offer free legal aid to detainees as well as community members seeking legal advice. 

Promoting Citizen Engagement in Local Governance

The National Institute for Public Opinion, Inc.

Supplement$8,939

To promote transparency and accountability within local government in Liberia. The organization will hold a consultative meeting with local authorities in each target county to discuss the Local Government Act and the Agenda for Prosperity and Development. Next, the organization will train local authorities on budget monitoring techniques. After conducting a training of trainers on community mobilization and awareness-raising techniques, a team of volunteers will educate citizens on the Local Government Act through door-to-door awareness campaigns.

Promoting Greater Citizen Understanding of the Criminal Justice System

Rescue Alternatives Liberia

Supplement$17,310

To improve citizen-police relations in Liberia through increased engagement and collaboration. The organization will organize dialogues between citizens and police to promote better understanding of the criminal justice system. The organization will advocate for alternative sentencing and the use of fast track courts for low-level offenses. The organization will also train police on preventing human rights abuses and gender discrimination in prisons. Finally, the organization will provide free legal aid to pre-trial detentions and monitor prison conditions.

Promoting Justice Sector Accountability

Rural Human Rights Activists Programme

$42,000

To promote accountability in the Liberian justice system. The organization will organize two capacity -building trainings for civil society and judicial system stakeholders on trial procedures. To facilitate interaction between citizens and police, the organization will host dialogues for citizens to learn about the criminal justice system and address their grievances to police officers. The organization will conduct regular prison monitoring visits, including correctional officer monitoring, and refer specific cases to legal aid providers.

Promoting Justice Sector Accountability

Rural Human Rights Activists Programme

Supplement$31,305

To promote transparency and accountability in Liberia’s justice sector. The organization will monitor police holding cells and prisons to document compliance with existing statutory laws and meet with relevant legislative and judicial authorities to advocate for improved levels of compliance. Next, citizens will discuss strategies to engage with their local authorities. A national forum will convene justice sector stakeholders to discuss constituent engagement techniques and any challenges with responding to citizen concerns. Finally, the organization will educate citizens on justice system processes.

Promoting Local Government Accountability

The National Institute for Public Opinion, Inc.

$48,000

To promote transparency and accountability within local-level government. The organization will host a series of trainings on the Local Government Act and the importance of civic engagement. To complement these trainings the organization will develop a series of radio jingles and talk shows on local governance. The organization will also continue its legislative advocacy to advance the decentralization process. 

Promoting Women’s Political Participation

Women Democracy Network Liberia

$37,000

To promote women’s political participation and representation in rural Liberia. The grantee will organize six trainings for women political leaders on campaign management and barriers to women’s political engagement. The trainings will also provide an opportunity for candidates to present their platforms. The organization will also conduct an awareness campaign to prevent violence against women in politics and screen a documentary on the importance of women’s political participation and eliminating barriers to political engagement. 

Rap 2 Rep

Accountability Lab Liberia

$52,948

To promote youth participation in local governance. The organization will host a song writing contest for artists across Liberia to submit songs about youth political participation and the principles of good governance. The organization will then host four concerts and discussions on good governance and civic engagement and will broadcast clips of these concerts on social media for follow up discussions.