ForumCiv started direct implementation of programmes in Liberia in 2018. The Liberia programme was designed based on the need to support the development of the fledging civil society in the rural counties of Liberia.
The first direct programme in Liberia was based on a 2016–2017 pre-study by ForumCiv in nine of the fifteen counties of Liberia (Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado, River Gee, and Sinoe). The Embassy of Sweden funded the study.
On December 31, 2021, ForumCiv Liberia concluded the implementation of the ‘Sustainable Ownership Programme’ which was our first direct implementation in Liberia. This programme valued at 51.6 million Swedish Krona was supported by the Embassy of Sweden near Monrovia and it provided 36 grants to civil society organizations across Bomi, Bong and Grand Gedeh Counties.
Our Land: a four-year programme
ForumCiv currently has two running grants. ForumCiv has received a second grant from the Embassy of Sweden, and we are implementing a four-year (2022–2025) programme which builds on the successes, lessons and the challenges of the Sustainable Ownership Programme. The new programme ‘Our Land’ cost 50.7 million Swedish Krona and it will have similar focus as the Sustainable Ownership Programme. The number of partners who will receive funding grants have been reduced, and some new elements have been added to the programme.
Securing Land Rights for Women and Rural Communities in South-Eastern Liberia
Under a consortium which is led by Action Aid and funded by the European Union Delegation to Liberia, ForumCiv and the Development Education Network-Liberia are supporting the implementation of a project titled: Securing Land Rights for Women and Rural Communities in South-Eastern Liberia.
This project, which started in February 2021, will run for a period of 36 months. ForumCiv will increase awareness about rights-based programming through our Right(s) Way Forward Methodology. ForumCiv will contributing policy reviews and advocacy through the development of policy briefs and the organization of conferences to highlight the rights of women to own, management and take part in land governance.
We run field offices in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Greenville, Sinoe County, and Fish Town, River Gee County. We run a satellite office in Monrovia for coordination purposes, and our country office is situated in Gbarnga, Bong County.