The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Civil Society Activity that will support stronger collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs), the Government of Liberia, and local Liberians to advocate for citizen-driven reforms.

Partnering with Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), and Accountability Lab Liberia, the Civil Society Activity will seize opportunities for positive change through civil society advocacy on issues that Liberians themselves identify as priorities.

Steve Terrevecchia, from USAID’s implementing partner on this program, Development Alternatives Incorporated, highlighted the importance of CSOs in uncovering the root causes of development issues and transforming these concerns into effective advocacy. 

Speaking during the launch, Ambassador Michael McCarthy said, “I am proud of the history of support the United States Government has provided to CSOs that are strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions by advocating for policy reforms across diverse sectors.”

Minister of Internal Affairs Varney Sirleaf, reflecting his commitment to support for the program, indicated that by working collaboratively with civil society and promoting transparency, we can collectively combat corruption in Liberia.

Article originally published in The Liberia Observer