FORUM SYD Liberia Provides Grants For 9 CSOs In Liberia
In an effort to support the Government of Liberia Pro-Poor Agenda through capacity building and contribution to underprivileged Liberian including women and youth, FORUM SYD Liberia has provided grants to 9 Civil Society Organizations in three of Liberia fifteen Counties.
Forum SYD was founded in 1995 and is the largest civil society platform in Sweden.
The grants were signed under the theme Sustainable Ownership Programme Liberia recently in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the grants agreement in the County, the Program Manager of FORUM SYD Liberia Asa David Chon said the process is intended to buttress the effort of Civil Society Organizations in the Country.
He said Civil Society Organization over the years have developed and strengthened their presence in rural counties in Liberia through increased capacity of right-holders living under marginalized conditions.
Mr. Chon further said with the help of the grants these CSOs will reclaim their rights and participate in locally-owned initiatives and local development processes in their various county of assignments.
He revealed that the grants provided to the CSOs are in the two faces C-grants and Sub-grants.
Moreover, he said for the C-grants is in the tone of ten thousand United States Dollar, and three CSOs institutions benefited, the Bomi Women Development Association, Sustainable Agriculture Development & Youth Association and Arkonded, while four institutions benefited from the sub-grants which is in the tone of twenty-seven thousand United States Dollars and those institutions that benefited from the sub-grants are: the Center for Justice and Peace Studies, Community Development and Research Agency, Gender Peace Network, Rural Women Rights Structures, South Eastern Women Development Association and Women Care Initiative of Bomi County respectively.
“We have offices in Stockholm, Sweden and in six other countries through which we provide direct support to local organizations on the ground. We mediate grants from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to Swedish organizations cooperating with local partners in 70 countries. Forum SYD also advocates for just and sustainable development,” Chon said
He said their work centers on enabling people to organize to claim their rights and take control of their lives; for it is only then that democracy can grow, resources can be distributed more fairly, and poverty can be reduced.