For over 15 years, ActionAid Liberia has comprehensively promoted and advanced the rights of women, children, youth, and people living in poverty by engaging duty-bearers and shifting the development paradigm from one that is internationally driven to one that is people-centered.
Today we work with about 200 Communities, 25 Partner Organizations in 8 counties in Liberia, reaching about 35,000 direct beneficiaries. We have three field offices: Gbarma in Gbarpolu county, Zwedru in Grand Gedeh country, and Fishtown in River Gee. Our head office is located in Monrovia.
We work with Grassroots Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Government. We link Organizations in order to identify shared interests and to tackle the root causes of poverty.
Women are often marginalized in society, therefore ActionAid Liberia works extensively to promote women's and girl's rights to ensure the inclusion of issues that affect women and girls in the current development discourse. We holistically work from a women's rights perspective and challenge patriarchal systems and structures. Issues we work with are for example Harmful Traditional Practices, sexual minority issues, HIV and economic independence. Generally we work within three thematic areas:
- Women’s and Girl's Rights
- Youth and Urban Poverty
All our work is done from a Human Right´s Based-Approach (HRBA), since we believe that poverty is due to injustice and lack of human rights. Our HRBA is based on three pillars:
ActionAid Liberia also work with a number of innovative participatory practices under Reflection - Action Methodology such as:
- REFLECT, an adult learning and empowerment practice.
- Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA), a tool that involves communities, local authorities and other stakeholders in examining and identifying potential areas of vulnerability.
- Societies Tackling AIDS through Rights (STAR), which helps communities support each other and take action to enhance their rights to prevention, treatment, care, and support.