CIDT is continuing to provide capacity development support to VPA stakeholders in Liberia, through the DAI-managed VPA Support Unit, funded by DFID and the EU.
The most recent capacity building inputs, delivered by Sarah Thomas, were the first substantial consultancy support to Civil Society and Communities since the end of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, and were intended to achieve a number of objectives:
- To review and refresh the 3 year Strategic Plan of the NGO Coalition of Liberia which was developed in May 2014 ;
- To facilitate development of a 3 year Strategic Plan for the National Union of Community Forestry Development Committees (the national body representing the interests of communities affected by commercial logging concessions in Liberia) ;
- To deliver training on ‘Effective Representation’ for members of the NGO Coalition and NUCFDC ;
21 members of the NGO Coalition attended the 3 day workshop in Duazon, during which they reviewed the organisational structure, programme areas, and objectives of the platform. The 5 day NUCFDC workshop, held in Gbarnga, initiated a similar participatory planning process for communities, enabling them to reflect on recent challenges and achievements, review their representative structures and agree on priority objectives for the next 3 years.