Our Impact and Success Stories

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'Promoting Prosperity, Reducing Poverty and Enhancing Stability...'

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Nancy M. Boykai

Programme Coordinator
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“VOSIEDA works to protect the planet, end extreme poverty and inequality, and empower communities beyond dependency and aid in West Africa. To Measure our results in each of our programs areas, we compile data at the local and national levels that summarize the outcomes of our programming in the areas of environment and natural resources security, agriculture and Livelihoods, governance and civic engagement, women and youth socioeconomic empowerment, capacity development, and development communications. These are the six main indicators by which we measure our progress. They’re published in our annual reports. We also believe that no single measure stands on its own. We evaluate our community-led program approach, the kind of changes we are making on the ground we are toward our mission. Below are essences of some of our achievements.”

Nancy M. Boykai

Programme Coordinator

OUR RESULTS

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We empower communities to protect the environment and nature resources that everyone depends on for livelihoods, fresh water and clean air.

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People have benefited from improvements in the management of forest and other natural resources.

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We empower smallholder farmers to transform agriculture from lonely struggles for survival to business enterprises  capable of   increasing incomes and improving food security

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Small-scale farmers have increased food security, incomes and adopted sustainable practices.

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Women and Youths' Socioeconomic Empowerment

We empower women, girls and youths to defeat poverty and achieve equality. We focus on women and girls because we believe  we cannot overcome poverty until everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

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Women and youths have improved their socioeconomic status. Supported 200 women and youth led small business and social enterprises.

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We work for participatory and inclusive political processes and institutions; greater accountability to citizens and to the law; and recognition of universally recognized human rights.

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Participated in VOSIEDA - supported initiatives that have promoted accountability, built inclusive political and civic organizations, promoted citizens’ participation and human rights.

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Capacity Building and Training

We are delivering technical and advisory services to indigenous communities, civil society, private sector  and governments to enhance their development results.

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CSOs and partner organizations have improved their capacities to better serve their communities and others. For example, in Liberia, National Union of Community Forest Development Committee (CFDC) now has increased capacity to advocate and engage with State Actors in forest and land governance processes.

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Development Communications

We run evidence-based media (radio, television and mobile) campaigns to change behaviors and improve lives in Liberia and the Mano River Union.

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Community members and stakeholder benefiting from media. For example, our media campaigns (‘Forest Hour’) is increasing adherence to the full implementation of policies and laws in forest and land management in Liberia. Farmers are also getting information about the proper use of fertilizers.

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Empowering societies to sustainably care for nature

Despite important ecosystem services that nature provides, the Mano River Basin of West Africa suffers some of Africa’s serious environmental problems. These include deforestation, soil erosion, water pollution, desertification, wetland degradation, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, etc.

VOSIEDA is working with local communities, governments, businesses and organizations to research and carryout field projects; and multi-stakeholder dialogues aim to protect valuable natural resources and places including forest, biodiversity and critical ecosystems. We also undertake series of education and advocacy programs aim to inspire, inform, and enable local stakeholders protect nature for future generations. We are also increasing the effectiveness of law enforcement and citizens’ demands for accountability in natural resources management through different field projects.
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Ending hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture

In remote farming villages in Liberia and Mano River Union, basic agriculture technologies like improve seeds and fertilizer are often inaccessible. If they are available, farm families often cannot access the start-up capital to purchase them. Smallholders also struggle to improve their farming output without proper training on agricultural best practices. Finally, inadequate technical assistance, limited availability of pliable farm- to- market roads, and a lack of medium to long-term credit hamper the fulfillment of agricultural potential in Liberia and Mano River Union.

In response, VOSIEDA deliver high-quality farm inputs and in-field training on best farming practices to small scale farmers. And at harvest time, we provide farmers with the tools and knowledge to safely store their harvest and sell during the off-season for significant profit.
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Achieving Gender Quality and Women and Girls Empowerment

Despite the progress on gender equality, girls and women continue to be systematically left behind and discriminated against in Liberia and Mano River Union of West Africa. Persistent violations of their rights occur daily. Again this background, VOSIEDA firmly supports gender equality and empowerment of women, working towards the removal of the obstacles as legislation, social norms and gender stereotypes to ensure that we give voice and participation to increase girls’ and women’s agency in social, economic, political and civil life.

We strongly believe that gender equality and empowerment of women and girls are fundamental human rights. Both are vital for economic growth, prosperity and competitiveness. Gender equality is an essential precondition for equitable and inclusive sustainable development, which will not take place if half of the population of Liberia and the Liberia and Mano River Union of West Africa is left behind.
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Harnessing the Power of Media for Development

In Liberia and the Mano River Union, more national and international development resources are often used to improve the ‘supply side’ (building roads, training teachers, creating farms, hospitals, etc). This is necessary, but in many communities, studies have shown these investments are often carried out without creating demand for their use. As a result, they are often not use adequately or sometimes abandoned.

VOSIEDA runs media campaigns to educate community and generate public demand, place health and other development issues high on public agenda, and effectively reach the influential group of policy-makers, elected representatives, professionals, political and religious leaders, power brokers and interest groups to act in support of sustainable development in Liberia and the Subregion.
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Supporting communities to transition to a sustainable future in Liberia.

Land restoration has tremendous potential to help the world limit climate change and achieve its aims for sustainable development, according to a new study by the International Resource Panel (IRP). In Liberia, VOSIEDA is responding to this call  by spreading the word (see video) and by working with UN Agencies to restore landscape destroyed by flooding and other climate hazards.  This bring obvious climate, biodiversity and livelihood benefits according to UNEP.

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Our Goals

Our main focus is to  protect the environment, end extreme poverty and inequality, and empower communities beyond dependency and aid in West Africa’s Mano River Basin: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cote D’ivoire.

Partnering with communities on field projects

We work on the ground and with partners in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and cote d’ivoire. Our team works to achieve our inspiration that it is possible to overcome poverty in West Africa as we see all over the world. Their work is serving as an example for everyone, from businesses to governments, who must work to overcome poverty for the benefit of us all.

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Ending poverty while caring for planet earth

VOSIEDA Mission

We work with local communities in West Africa’s mano River Basin to strengthen local economies, care for the planet, build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income to poor families.

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Empowering the poor through innovation and technology

We undertake research to generate and share evidence-based information about development policies and resources management and their impacts. We focus on the ultra-poor, smallholders, indigenous peoples, local communities and small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. We seek innovation and technology to fight poverty.

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Our Causes

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Environment & Natural Resources Security

We empower communities to protect nature that everyone depends on for livelihoods, fresh water and clean air.

Improving rice production and genetic improvement in Liberia

We empower smallholder farmers to transform agriculture from lonely struggles for survival to business enterprises  capable of  increasing incomes and improving food security.

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We empower women and girls in order to defeat poverty and achieve equality. We focus on women and girls because we believe we cannot overcome poverty until everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

Grass Roots Campaigning for the Equal Representation of Women in Politics

We work for participatory, representative and inclusive political processes and institutions; greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens and to the law; and recognition of universally recognized human rights.

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We deliver technical and advisory services to indigenous communities,
civil society, private sector  and government to enhance their development results.

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We run radio, television and mobile campaigns to change behaviors and improve lives in Liberia and the Mano River Union.

Conservation and sustainable use of forest and coastal ecosystems

West Africa’s remaining lowland tropical forests and coastal ecosystems contains extraordinary biodiversity and serves as habitat for large amounts of endemic flora and fauna as well as some of the rarest species in the world. Moreover, majority of West Africa’s rural population are dependent on the forests and their various products and ecosystem services.

Nevertheless, despite rich biodiversity and many important ecosystem services, West Africa is faced with enormous challenges in managing its forests and coastal resources. Unsustainable exploitations of resources including uncontrolled clearing of mangroves and tropical forest for agriculture, excessive hunting and fishing, illegal logging, chart coal and fuel wood extraction, mining, etc. are some of the primary causes of deforestation, soil degradation, water pollution, meager economic returns from forest resources, increased poverty and overall biodiversity loss.

In response, VOSIEDA is working to improve conservation and sustainable use of lowland forest and coastal system in Liberia and Mano River Basin.

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