Partners and Supporters
VOSIEDA works with companies, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations to address complex challenges in West Africa’s Mano River Basin. Our partners contribute more than money. Their ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support, and more are helping to build stronger communities.
Partnering With VOSIEDA
VOSIEDA is committed to working in partnership, believing that her vision of ending extreme poverty in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region of West Africa would be better achieved through cooperation rather than competition. Moreover, we believe if we pool our resources and expertise together, our collective actions will have a greater impact than what we can deliver on our own.
Besides funding partners, we work with a range of other actors from community-based organizations, advocacy allies, and think tanks, universities, research and technical institutions, and service providers.
At community levels, VOSIEDA works with grassroots organizations, cooperatives, small businesses, and local government, who best understand the issues at stake. We provide these stakeholders support and enhance their skills and capacity so that their communities can unleash their full potentials.
In recent years, more aid money has been spent in Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Basin to improve the ‘supply-side’ (build schools, hospitals, create farms, etc.), which are necessary. Nerveless, assessments in many communities show that these investments are often made at the expense of something equally important: creating demand for those services so that people they are intended for can use them effectively. In response, VOSIEDA partners with the media and like-minded organizations to runs evidence-based advocacy and media campaigns to change behaviors and improve lives in Liberia and the subregion.
Research and Technical Partners
VOSIEDA partner with academic, think tanks, research and technical institutions to capture and apply new ideas, knowledge, and practice to real-world settings to support environment and natural resources security, poverty reduction and achievement of social justice in Liberia and West Africa.
VOSIEDA works with service providers and suppliers to obtain essential goods and services needed to advance its development programs. We work with a range of suppliers, vendors, and contractors at the community levels. We thrive to support local economic development.
Some of our partners, including some past and present supporters
No single organization has the resources and expertise to sustainably address all the pressing development challenges in West Africa. Therefore, we strongly believe in the power of partnerships to create meaningful, lasting impact. By working with international aid agencies, governments, the private sector, foundations, civil society organizations, other NGOs and local communities, we’re transforming lives in the Mano River Basin of west Africa.
The European Union partners with VOSIEDA to support governance and market reforms to reduce illegal use of forest resources and benefit the poor in Liberia. Our partnership is helping protect the livelihoods of millions of poor people dependent on forests for their livelihoods by reducing illegal logging. It give them a greater say in what happens to their forests and reduce the likelihood of conflict over forest tenure. Clear and secure forest tenure can enable forest dependent communities to double their incomes.
The World Bank has partnered with VOSIEDA on different initiatives ranging from youth empowerment to smallholder tree crop revitalization support. Under different projects, our partnership with the Bank has increased smallholder tree crop farmers’ income opportunities and fostered youth empowerment.
VOSIEDA is partners with ECOWAS Commission to promote social stability in Liberia and West Africa’s sub-region since 2017. We worked with ECOWAS for a peaceful transfer of political power in Liberia in 2016/2017 contested presidential and parliamentary elections. Our partnership is gear to supporting ECOWAS’ ongoing efforts to promote peace and security in the West Africa through preventive diplomacy.
VOSIEDA first started working with UNDP in 2008, to reintegrate ex-fighters into their communities after the Liberian civil war. Since then we work with UNDP to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Liberia on many fronts. Some of our recent projects with UNDP include: Climate Resilient Agriculture and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in Liberia’s Coastal and Agroecological Zones; and Mano River post-Ebola medical surveillance and livelihoods initiative. To get detail information on these projects, kindly click the link below:
The United Nations Human Rights (Office of the High Commission (OHCHR)) is partnering with VOSIEDA through the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery to support victims, especially women and children affected by contemporary forms of slavery in Liberia. VOSIEDA is working to enable women and children held in modern-day slavery to leave slavery. We reach out to people most vulnerable to slavery and exploitation and help victims of slavery to access the psychological, materials, and legal supports they need to recover. We also work at the grassroots levels to empower vulnerable people through campaigns and public education to better protect themselves from slavery. Moreover, we help communities demand respect for their human rights and tackle the root causes of servitude through access to education and the eradication of extreme poverty and the elimination of gender inequality.
Among the fundamental problem is facing Liberia and West African democracies is continued barriers to widespread participation and inclusion. In responding to this problem in Liberia, UNDEF funded and partnered with VOSIEDA from 2010 to 2012 on a project that laid a foundation to empower civil society and encourage the participation of marginalized populations in Liberia about civic rights and duties following decades of marginalization, exclusion, and conflicts. Our collaboration with UNDEF promoted politically engaged and informed citizenry and active civil society organizations in Liberia and immensely contributed to Liberia’s post-war second peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections in 2011.
The United States Agencies for International Development (USAID) is active in Liberia and Mano River Union, partnering with governments and civil society including VOSIEDA to address underlying development problems, especially in fragile situations. As a viable Liberian civil society organization, VOSIEDA regularly partner with USAID funded projects ranging from ‘Liberia Community Infrastructure Program (LCIP) with DAI; the ‘Ebola Community Action Platform ECAP to Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL) with Mercy Corps among others. Click the link below to read details of some of our projects with USAID.
Small scale farming remains the dominant economic activity among West Africa’s poorest families, but many farmers lack the resources, training, or funds to increase their farm’s productivity. In 2017, the World Food Program (WFP) started a partnership with VOSIEDA to provide up-to-date agricultural training to small scale farmers in Liberia. The aim was to build capacity of farmers to improve their harvests, help farmers safely store their crops and build relationships with local traders, while managing their organizations. Other component included the Community Grain Reserves (CGRs) – a program of WFP Liberia that provides a safety net to offset the effects of seasonal shocks. This partnership further sought to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities to reduce their own hunger through the enhanced management of their food stocks.
The Australian Government’s aid program reflects Australia’s values and commitment to reducing poverty and lifting living standards through sustainable economic growth. Although currently focused on the Indo-Pacific region, VOSIEDA partnered with Australian Aid from 2012 to 2015 through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) and the Australia Direct Aid Program (DAP) to trained 200 female-headed households in horticulture, livestock farming, farm management, agricultural value chains and post-harvest management. We also built a small scale farmers organizations capacity building center that is currently benefiting small scale Liberian farmers.
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women is very active in West Africa’s Mano River Basin. From 2012 – 2013, UN Women and VOSIEDA entered partnership for the economic empowerment of rural women in Rivercess and Grand Bassa Counties in Southern Liberia. We provided training to 250 rural women cassava processing, small business management, women rights and incomes generations, etc.
Even though agriculture is Liberia’s predominant economic sector, it is still in its rudimentary stage of development and the role of private sector involvement still leaves much to be desired. The Japanese collaborated with VOSIEDA from 2015 to 2019, to Construct the Small-Scale Farmers Support Center. The center is bringing about a sector-by-sector transformation of Liberian agriculture through enhancing the competitiveness of value chains. It identify and support existing pioneer small agri-businesses and small scale farmers; stimulate and promote emerging dynamic small scale farmers and entrepreneurs and nurture the creation of innovative businesses whose primary mission involve addressing value chain problems, value addition and hence, bringing subsector transformations in Liberia.
TBI is a Netherlands based Organization working to improve governance and management of tropical forests. TBI is partnering with VOSIEDA in Liberia to implement the Green Livelihoods Alliance – Forested Landscapes for Equity and Strengthening the capacity of non-state actors to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Western Africa. Our partnership with TBI is focused on increasing the capacity of communities to resist destructive oil palm expansion and logging; increase the respect and recognition of tenure rights of local communities by government and concessionaires; increase adherence to the full implementation of policies and laws in forest and land management; enhance the capacity of non-state actors to monitor, advocate and engage with State Actors in forest and land governance processes; and support coalitions of CSOs to effectively advocate on issues important to them and pursue change through evidence-based advocacy and engagement.
The Nature Development Foundation (NDF) is a Ghanan NGO active in Ghana and with partners in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Their focus in these countries have been to interact with the broader land use sector, ensuring basic legal compliance by industry, encouraging responsible forest management and commodity production in general as well as interaction with other actors who influence the forest landscape. VOSIEDA and NDF are regional partners working with a goal of promoting responsible forest management, natural resources management, rural development and governance in the West African Sub-region.
The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) was established by the Community Empowerment Act pursuant to Chapter 50B of Title 12 of the Liberian Code of Laws as of July 22, 2004. The objective of LACE is to improve the living standards of poor communities through the provisions and strengthening of basic social services and to promote a community-based approach in sub-project identification, preparation, implementation, administration and maintenance. The Agency finances sub-projects of poor communities and disburses to those communities’ funds provided for them in support of poverty reduction. The Agency is supported by multiple donors including the World Bank, European Union, etc. but does not implement community sub-projects. Instead, LACE co-operate with communities or other implementing bodies. VOSIEDA and LACE entered into partnership in 2008 and work with communities in Liberia central providence of Bong County. Through this partnership, VOSIEDA assisted community-based organizations (CBOs) develop their technical and managerial capabilities in all aspects of sub-project activities. Check the link below to view detail of some of the LACE projects.