The Project seeks to strengthen institutions, capacities, policies and regulatory environment, voice and participation within the extractive sector of Liberia for human development.
This project is designed to build a solid foundation on which Liberia’s extractive sectors can be efficiently and transparently managed for the shared benefit of its citizens.
It enhances knowledge and skills of policy makers and technicians as well, in the application of administrative and regulatory mechanisms of the extractive sectors in general but with specific focus on the oil and gas sectors. Adopting a systemic approach, the project seeks deeper participation of civil society encompassing women’s and youth’s participation in advocating transparency, accountability and as well as managing conflict for peace, stability and development. Over its lifespan, the Project seeks to achieve the following;
Liberia’s legal framework, policies and capacities (human and institutional) to govern its extractive sector are strengthened to ensure environmental and social sustainability; The voice and participation of civil society, women’s organizations and communities in dialogues, conflict prevention mechanisms and decisions related to extractive industries is strengthened and institutionalized; Contribute to human development and ensure that revenues are effectively and transparently invested to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What Have We Accomplished So Far?
The Project has established 3 multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) for land concessions conflict mitigation in Nimba, Maryland and Sinoe counties respectively. 135 participants attended the meetings. 45 participants were drawn from each county. Of this number, 30 were representatives of project-affected communities (PACs), 10 represented county authorities and five, local civil society.
A peacebuilding and leadership training manual on land concession conflict has beem designed. It is entitled: Dealing with Land Concession Conflict Creatively: Peacebuilding & leadership training manual for land concession project-affected communities.
The Project conducted pilot participatory mapping in Maryland County that used participatory mapping to assist project-affected communities (PACs) to create maps that represent the place in which they live, showing those elements that they themselves perceive as important, such as customary land boundaries, traditional natural resource management practices and landmarks. It is expected to document the impacts of concession operations, land and resource use patterns, protected areas, other ‘land grabs’, and, present alternative scenarios.
The project supported the establishment of a Concessions Information Management System (CIMS) or Concession Cadastral at the National Bureau of Concessions and established a Technical Secretariat, to improve the monitoring of concessions. Several trainings on conflict mediation and resolutions as well as land verification were conducted over the period in 2017.
Interventions under the project reduced likelihood of land concession conflict through the establishment of multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms (MSPs) in hotspot concession areas in Maryland, Nimba, and Sinoe counties; Improved concessions monitoring through concessions data management and peer training; and Improved social cohesion among project-affected communities in Sinoe through the mediation of a long-standing feud between umbrella Butaw Welfare Development Association and ad hoc Abloteh Mediation Committee over legitimacy to engage Golden Veroleum.
The 20-member MSP in Nimba agreed upon a contribution made by all members at every meeting. The fund is set at a level (at least LD100) that covers basic costs associated with running the MSP (e.g. meetings, transportation costs). It is not distributed back to the members at the end of the annual cycle, but remains a group asset, safeguarded by the Financial Secretary, who incidentally is a woman.