Liberia Peace building and Democracy Programme.
The Liberia Peace Building Democracy Programme (LPBDP) is geared towards fostering democratic values and rule of law in Liberia for peaceful coexistence amongst citizens.The program is specifically focused on community empowerment and governance issues, reconciliation and peace building, youth participation in the decision making of their community, gender issues, and community advocacy. The LPBDP is being implemented by partners of the Dutch Inter-church organization “ICCO and kerk in actie (ICCO)” in Liberia. About 20 national NGOs working in nine counties in Liberia through concerted efforts and networking activities. The partner organizations in the LPBDP are organized in four thematic clusters:
1)Youth in Governance and Peacebuilding,
2) Community Governance and Advocacy,
3)Reconciliation and Peaceful Co-existence and
4) Community Empowerment and Development.
Four to five partners work together in each cluster to achieve a grater impact with joint planning, monitoring and implementation of activities. Each one of the four clusters is headed by a Lead Agent that not only coordinates the activities of a given cluster, but also represents the cluster at the Steering Committee, the overall coordinating body of the LPBDP. NARDA presently is the Coordinating Agency (CA) and chairs the Steering Committee of the LPBDP. As part of its coordinating activities, over the past years NARDA has been effectively provided capacity building to the 19 national NGOs that are implementing the program. NARDA has been working with ICCO since 1994 in the areas of community governance and peace building, and support to our network NGOs partners. ICCO is the Foundation Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation based in the Netherlands. Its mission is “to work towards a world where poverty and injustice are no longer present”. ICCO is involved in development activities in countries in Africa and the Middle East, in Asia and the Pacific, in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Central and Eastern Europe. ICCO started supporting the Liberian Civil Society and people in the early eighties with periods of interruption because of the civil war and strife. In 2004, ICCO supported rehabilitation activities in Liberia. In 2005, a capacity building program was added to these activities. In 2006, after an extensive evaluation of ICCO activities a joint peace-building program was set up with ICCO partners in Liberia, at that time in total about 22 national NGOs. Since then ICCO has continued to support capacity building programs as well as overall program facilitation for its national partners. The aim of the coordination of the LPBD in clusters and through the Steering Committee is to enhance networking, collaboration, coordination and strategic direction for the partners in the LPBDP and encourage the deepening of partnerships with the member NGOs. The LPBDP ensures that partners and other stakeholders are involved in participatory decision– making processes and take part in building consensus. The LPBDP bases on platforms for structured consultations, program reviews and joint planning, facilitated through regular meetings of the Steering Committee, the Clusters and the partners. For example in the areas of work-planning, review processes, strategic planning, political context analysis workshop or evaluations. The structure of the LPBDP is designed in a way that in allows neatless streams of information:information can be given from the level of partners to the Steering Committee – from there the information gets multiplied to all the partners in the program strengthening alignment and harmonization between the partners. The communication process in the past has lead to critical decisions and actions that then guided the program, directly responding to challenges that came up from the partners of the program. Another important undertaking of the LPBDP that started recently is the development of a Strategic Plan document for the program. The LPBDP partners recommended this process and are the main drivers behind it. The Strategic Plan will be refined and finalized during 2011 and subsequently be implemented. The principal goal of the strategic planning process is to carry out broader participative planning activities of all ICCO partners within the LPBDP that will give programmatic direction and strengthen the efforts towards a higher level of prorgam sustainability. A series of stakeholders’ consultative meetings and workshops were held to expedite the process and build consensus on strategic issues. The key point of departure in the Strategic Planning Process is the identification of emerging issues and making strategic choices to ensure that the root causes of conflict are addressed and that Liberians are enabled stronger than before to peacefully co-exist, respond to conflict through constructive dialogue, participate in local governance and enjoy their human rights and freedoms. A full overview and contact information of the organizations that form part of the LPBDP is given in Chapter 2 of this directory. If you want to learn more about the LPBDP visit the program’s website at www.liberiapeacebuilding.org or contact NARDA’s resource person for the LPBDP, Mr.mstsc Shannoh Kandoh: