What we do

STAR Circle during Access to Justice for Women and Economic Livelihood Project
STAR Circle during Access to Justice for Women and Economic Livelihood Project [nid:500397]
Photo: ActionAid Liberia

ActionAid Liberia is an ActionAid International country programme and a registered international nongovernmental organization. We are a unique partnership of people, organizations and social movements that are committed to ending poverty. We focus on strengthening the capabilities of people to own and lead their own development.

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
  • Governance.

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:

  • Empowerment
  • Solidarity
  • Campaigning 

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.
  • Women and girls are systematically marginalised and discriminated against through patriarchal power relations that combine with other systems of subordinating and exploitative social relations to place them in even more constrained positions than men and boys in the same class, ethnic, age or other relations.

  • In Liberia "urban" is defined as settlements of 2,000 inhabitants and above. In this context it might be suggested that much of Liberia’s urban population is actually peri-urban, who, as in the rural areas, lack adequate access to basic services.

    Youth and urban Poverty
  • The governance theme is cross-cutting through our different programs. We believe that duty-beares should be held accountable. 

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