NARDA, established in 1987, has developed over the year’s capable and committed leadership and, a pool of staff that have adequate capacity for working with various stakeholders – its Network members, other civil society actors, the private sector and the government.
A selection of NARDA’s services to its network partner organizations and NGOs all over Liberia includes coordination, consultancy, assessments and capacity building trainings- in leadership (CAP training and usage, ‘Do No Harm’ and usage, Participatory Project Cycle Management), Community Awareness Processes, financial management, proposal development, project implementation and reporting skills.
Through the Association of the Protestant Churches of Germany (EED), NARDA not only implements the “Liberia’s Civil Society Capacity Strengthening Initiative for National Recovery”, but coordinates activities of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) Liberia – a German governmental program to support peace and reconciliation in post-conflict countries. Within this program the eed seconded an expert program advisor that is working with NARDA to provide guidance and support capacity building activities of NARDA network members.
NARDA coordinates and provides capacity building trainings to 19 Liberian NGOs that are implementing the “Liberian Peace-building and Democracy Programme (LPBDP)” funded by the Inter-Church Cooperation and Development Organization in the Netherlands and thus, promote effective partnerships working together, sharing resources or referring clients to international, local, government, private, or community organizations.
NARDA currently is one of the implementing organizations of the “Pro Poor Integrity Program” of the English donor organization tiri. The project is supposed to lead to an increased capability, responsiveness and accountability on the part of local civil society and key local state institutions – responsible for health, education, water and sanitation and social protection – that positively impacts on the achievement of MDGs in Liberia.
The NARDA network includes more than 30 active full-members NGO and 30 affiliated rural Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Through NARDA’s four County Networks located in Bassa, Bong, Nimba and Lofa, NARDA has a great outreach to organizations in the interior of Liberia. The launching of the fifth County Network in Sinoe will take place in May 2010.
NARDA currently is conducting a mid-term review for the Finish Refugee Council Program in Liberia.
More information on the specified programs and NARDA’s core activities can be found in the attached brochures, “Collaboration for grater impact” and NARDA’s “Membership Directory”.