The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, everywhere. Nerveless, the impacts are being felt differently among different groups of people, in most cases, deepening existing inequalities, especially in post conflicts and fragile environments.
Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) and partners continue to roll out risk-control measures for COVID 19 to provide for the need of the most vulnerable. Our team is ensuring the implementation of public health measures for disease control and WHO guidelines for social distancing, regular hand washing with soap and clean water as well the use of hand sanitizers as we distribute food to millions of vulnerable households in Liberia.
Local communities in Liberia have become prone to the adverse effects of global climate change. Increased in temperature, changes in precipitation patterns, and more frequent extreme proceedings resulting in erratic rainfall pattern, floods and crops failures are already being experienced (NAPA, Liberia, 2008).
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.