Civil Society and Media Leadership Program

The Civil Society and Media Leadership Program (CSML) is implemented by the American organization “International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Focusing on a number of different areas, such as Institutional Strengthening and Advocacy Training, CSO Media Planning, Women’s Media Initiatives, Business Development and Sustainability Trainings as well as advancing the Right to Access to Information, NARDA partners with IREX in the areas of Institutional Strengthening and Advocacy Training.

The program started in 2010 and IREX selected Liberian organizations to work with as Resource Partners (RPs). IREX provided each RP with a six-month, customized training program to strengthen the organizations and improve advocacy.

As one of the RPs, NARDA is also supported through grants to continue institutional strengthening and to support the institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs. Finally, the RPs select 1-2 staff that are trained in how to train and developed into Master Trainers and as lead agents in their technical areas who go on to train multiple CSOs throughout seven counties in Liberia.

Subsequently Small grants are offered to CSOs who have completed their training program. IREX offers institutional

strengthening grants, advocacy grants and networking grants. IREX works with the Carter Center in Liberia to bring National Traditional Council (NTC) staff into the institutional strengthening CSO trainings in Monrovia, also based on an assessment. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.

IREX promotes positive lasting change globally. The organization enables local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth. IREX is currently working to strengthen civil society and support independent media in Liberia, Rwanda, and Somalia.

Through these projects, IREX develops the operational, advocacy, and outreach capacity of CSOs to more effectively influence public policy formation and implementation, provides technical support to media outlets and journalists to increase the quantity and quality of their work as well as the sustainability of media outlets, and trains on conflict transformation and development of media products to promote positive approaches to resolving conflict.

Additionally, IREX provides an annual analysis of the media environment in 40 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. If you want to learn more about the CMSML please contact NARDAs resource person for

the program, Mrs. Monyou P.Zulu:

Monyou P. Zulu
Research & Documentation Associate
Phone: +231 (0)77020352

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