Most poverty aid programs in Liberia and West Africa focus on the “supply-side” of interventions. For example, most conservation programs train forestry officials, build offices, donate vehicles, While these programs are significant, they often neglect the demand side, making the beneficiaries aware of the sustainable use of these facilities and resources.
Our media campaigns facilitate information exchange and shifts in cultural norms related to climate change, deforestation, bushmeat, and related health consequences. We use radio, television, and mobile apps to reach millions of people in low-income communities. Read more about our campaigns below.
'Save West Africa's Rain Forest' is a mass media campaign of VOSIEDA. Its goal is governance and market reform that reduce illegal use of forest resources and increase forest benefit for the poor. The campaign tickles deforestation, forest degradation, illegal logging and associated trade. It also strengthens capacity of indigenous forest communities in Liberia to advocate for their own rights, seek protection of threatened forest and vulnerable indigenous populations while creating awareness using media coverage, publications and documentary films.
We run television and radio campaigns in Liberia and the Mano River Union of West Africa to raise awareness on the protection of rain forest, at the same time advancing rights of indigenous people. We focus on deforestation, land use changes, biodiversity conversations, community rights and global warming.
The value of vast tropical rain forest and other ecosystems are still not fully recognized by decision makers and local communities in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River’s Basin, as they continue to be over exploited, degraded and lost.
Media campaigns that facilitate information exchange and cultural awareness. Television and particularly radio have proven to be very effective in reaching large numbers of people in Liberia and the West Africa, raising awareness about how to identify and conserve important ecosystem including forest resources, threaten wildlife, coastal mangroves, etc.
Despite its recognized role as an engine for economic growth, agriculture in West Africa’s Mano River Basin remains shuffled by inadequate public spending and policies. This is particularly true for family farming in Liberia, where productivity boosts could lead to food security and more widely shared prosperity. VOSIEDA is working with families and farmers’ organizations to strengthen their ability to engage stakeholders (government and partners) to address their plights..
We are undertaking radio and television media campaigns aim to strengthen families and farmers’ organizations to engage with government and other stakeholders for the empowerment of family farmers in Liberia and the sub-region.
Farming remains the dominant economic activity in Liberia and West Africa, but many small-scale farmers lack the resources, training, or funds to increase their farm’s productivity. Moreover, despite its recognized role as an engine for economic growth, family agriculture remains hobbled by inadequate public spending and policies. This is particularly true for Liberian farmers, where productivity boosts could lead to food security and more widely shared prosperity.
Media campaigns that facilitate information exchange and cultural awareness of farmers have proven successful in reaching large numbers of family farmers in Liberia and West Africa, raising awareness about how to access farm inputs, engage and advocate with government and partners to address their needs.
VOSIEDA has ongoing campaign in Liberia to prevent abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. We inform communities about this human rights crisis and raise awareness about the forms that child exploitation takes; empower youths to take the lead in anti-human trafficking efforts; fight for legislation that will protect children who are commercially and sexually exploited as well as engage the private sector.
VOSIEDA is leading media campaign to end slavery and trafficking in Liberia and West Africa. We advocate for lasting solutions to prevent labor and sex trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, ensure justice for victims and empower survivors with tools for recovery.
Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labor Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims . In Liberia, the situation is grim with several thousands are affected by human trafficking, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labor, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
Advocates for legislation that prevent exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sex trafficking or exploitation will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution. 2) Promotes corporate responsibility among private companies; 3). Educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children. And 4) Empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this trade.
VOSIEDA is working in Liberia and the Mano River Union Basin region to advocate for and to respond to the essential needs of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations. Our work focus on the following areas: 1) Inclusion - we are working with people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and a range of local organizations for a uniquely inclusive society where people with disabilities have equal opportunities and rights. 2) Health: We advocate and work to improve access to local health services and to prevent the causes of disability. We provide psychological support to the survivors of violence. 3) Livelihoods: We work for the livelihoods of the disabled and most vulnerable. 4) Human Rights: We strive to ensure that everyone, including disabled people, has equal access to information, health services, and care.
There are more than 1 million people are living with disabilities in Liberia and the Mano River Basin Region. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is having disproportionately affect these individuals, putting them at risk of increased morbidity and mortality, underscoring the urgent need to improve provision of health care, livelihoods, inclusion and human rights for this group.
A substantial segment of the populations of Liberia and the Mano River Basin Region have impairments, especially war-related disabilities. People with disabilities are often limited in participating in society by obstacles in the physical or social environment. Besides, persons with disabilities generally have more health-care needs than others, especially in impoverish and vulnerable situations. As a result, are more vulnerable to the impact of low quality or inaccessible health-care services than others.
To achieve the highest attainable standard of life and health for persons with disabilities, VOSIEDA is campaigning for their rights while proving the following services:
1. Identifying and eliminating obstacles and barriers to accessibility in health-care facilities.
2. Empowering persons with disabilities to take control over their own health-care decisions, on the basis of informed consent.