We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.
We help people fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.
We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions.
We listen to what people really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference.
ActionAid Liberia (AAL) is an ActionAid International (AAI) country programme and a registered international nongovernmental organization. AAL began operation in Liberia since 1996, beginning as a cross border development initiative (DI) by Sierra Leone in response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the Liberian civil war with initial support by AAI Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone,
The work in Liberia is guided by the following principles:
- Poor and excluded people, especially women and girls, should be empowered to secure their rights.
- Citizens and civil society across Liberia should fight for their rights and justice.
- States and their institutions should be accountable and democratic and promote, protect and fulfil human rights for all.
AAL is one of the few NGOs in Liberia that work holistically from a women’s rights perspective and challenges patriarchal systems and structures. Working on two main thematic areas, Women’s Rights and Human Security, AAL also has cross-cutting activities in HIV & AIDS, Governance and Education.
This organization has a mandatory women’s rights focus with all thematic areas, emphasizing poverty and its effects on poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations. It addresses women’s rights in other thematic areas - human security (violence against women); governance (women in political leadership); HIV and AIDS (women living with HIV and AIDS); education (violence against girls in schools) and food rights (women’s access to land).
Projects focus on:
- the reintegration and resettlement of women and girls affected by war,
- the creation of alternative livelihoods to reduce negative impacts on natural resources,
- direct support and training for poor rural farmers,
- youth reintegration, education, vocational training, empowerment and leadership training,
- educational policy advocacy,
- construction and rehabilitation of education facilities, and
- capacity building of the poor and excluded to demand their rights from the government
- women access to justice