Citizen voice and participation are essential to building and sustaining democratic societies. Toward this end, our Democracy and Human Rights Program promotes politically engaged and informed citizenries, active civil society organizations, organized labor, independent and open media in Liberia and the sub-region.
Removing constraints and unleashing women’s full productive potentials in Liberia and the Mano River Basin would yield enormous dividends that will make sub-region more resilient and prosperous. For example, a better educated woman tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for her children, should she chooses to become a mother.
Liberia is recognized as a nation of promise and potential, but often unrealized. Despite an abundance of natural resources, and a relatively small population of approximately 5 million, Liberia is caught in a vicious cycle of poverty and remains one of the most food insecure countries in Africa. This is a heartbreaking irony considering the abundant sources of water, arable land and lush vegetation.
Liberia tropical rain forests are home to hundreds of thousands of land-based species of animals, plants and insects. These rain forest also combat climate change and buffer the impacts of storms and floods. By feeding our rivers, rain forests supply drinking water for nearly half of the largest cities in the region. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations.