Support to Constitutional Reform Programme
What is the programme about?
Constitution reform is a key priority of the Government of Liberia. It provides a unique opportunity for advancing reconciliation, political dialogue, nation building, security and peace consolidation in Liberia.
An inclusive, transparent and participatory constitutional review process will create an enabling environment for realizing long-term political, social stability as well as economic development in Liberia.
UNDP’s Support to Constitutional Reform (SCR) Project, implemented in collaboration with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and other development partners seeks to support the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) in advancing a people driven review and amendment of the constitution.
The project’s specific goal is to strengthen national capacity for the implementation of a transparent, impartial, inclusive, participatory and creditable constitution making process. The Constitutional Reform Programme has the following objectives:-To build capacity of the CRC to conduct constitutional review;
-To undertake review of the current constitution, policies and reports;
-To enhance public participation through civic education and consultation;
-To enhance the capacity of the Law Reform Commission, Governance Commission, Traditional Council, youth and women groups to participate in constitutional review;
-To strengthen civil society, political parties, youth, women and media participation in the constitutional review process and to;
-To mobilize technical and financial resources for the second phase of the project–the legislative and referendum phase.
The Project supports the Constitutional Review Committee to undertake several activities, among which are:
-Support Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) to develop an organization structure and recruit staff;
-Organize induction workshops on constitutional design and development, constitutionalism and constitution making;
-Assist the CRC to develop and cost an “Action Plan” for the constitutional review process; and support the development of rules and procedures for its operation among others.
Accomplishments so far
-CRC completed 73 local consultations on the constitution, and Diaspora Consultations in Ghana and USA.10,950 Liberians from the 73 constituencies particpated in the first phase of the public consultation. 35% of these were women.
-Other than formal meetings and consultations, Liberians from all walks of life were also inspire to participate through radio call-in, toll free call-in, visitation to CRC head offices, etc. After all these engagements, the Committee had interacted with more than 45,000 participants, with 18,424 (11,768 males & 6656 females) participants recorded from meetings in 15 counties and 73 electoral districts which amounted to at least 56,729 (36,976 males & 19,753 female) suggestions.
-The Committee produced a draft of views and received at least 7 broad proposals relating to gender and women in particular provisions. As a result of these consultations and analysis of the views received as recommended by more than 80%, are the reduction in the tenure of the President from 6 to 4 years; Senators from 9 to 6 years and Representatives from 6 to 4 years and a decentralized government.
-On the holding of a National Constitution Conference, a concept note, budget was developed and the Committee working with the UN, the Law Reform Commission established a Secretariat which worked closely with the CRC to conduct a Constitional Review conference. Over 500 delegates voted on 25 proposed amendments.
-A final report produced, submitted to the President of Liberia and now forwarded to the National Legislature for review.
Who Finances It?
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