USAID-LAVI/NRM Coalition Launches Info Gathering Report

By Mafanta Kromah


The National Resource Management (NRM) coalition supported by the United State Agency International Development (USAID)-Liberia Accountability Voice Initiative (LAVI) on Wednesday launched it’s Information Gathering (IG) Report.

Launched at the iCampus on Carey Street in Monrovia, with the theme ‘Building a Vibrant NRM and Concession Coalition’, the report is geared toward increasing public awareness among citizens and policy-makers to lay the basis for advocacy for necessary changes in the management and administration of County Social Development Fund (CSDF).

The USAID-LAVI support of the NRM coalition is made of eight civil society organizations to improve the management, governance and the participation of the citizens in the administration of the CSDF.

The organizations are Platform for Development and Peace (P4DP), Liberia Media Center (LMC), Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L), National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE), Institution for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), Rural Human Right Activist Program (RHRAP) and Citizens United to Promote Peace and Democracy in Liberia (CUPPADL).

According to LAVI, the objective of the IG exercise is to identify issues surrounding the monitoring and management of CSDF in Liberia and to draw out challenges and opportunities related to advocacy, transparency, accountability and enhanced participation of citizens in CSDF decision making.

The Information Gathering Report was presented by three persons including the Executive Director of P4DP, Jimmy Shilue-Lead Presenter, the Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Edddie Jarwolo-Co Presenter and the Executive Director of IREDD, Harold M. Aidoo-Co Presenter.

They said the coalition came about because CSOs working in NRM and Concession sector in Liberia have challenges in coordination, collaboration and even advocacy thus creating hurdles in their ability to effectively articulate citizens’ voices in the reform processes as well as promote citizen’s participation in the NRM sector.

LAVI-NRM Coalition said, based on this consideration, following desk reviews, NRM Coalition partners, supported by LAVI, decided to focus their intervention on the management and monitoring of the county social development fund (CSDF).

Accordingly, consensus was reached in September 2016 to embark on information gathering process, in order to thoroughly understand what’s obtaining in the management and monitoring of the CSDF and design a tailored strategy to amplify the voices of the targeted beneficiaries.

“The majority 71% of respondents indicated they receive information through radio talk shows, few citizens received from local authorities or town hall discussions and out of 70% 69.9% of citizens feel very unsatisfied with how the funds are implemented when asked how they get news and information related to the use of CSDF in their communities, ” the report indicated.

Meanwhile, the official launch of the report put a public spotlight on the ongoing activities of the civil society NRM and concession project at the national level and engagement with key policy makers identifying different policy options to ensure the appropriate management of the CSDF.