NAYMOTE launches Democracy Advancement program today
NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development will today, November 8, 2022, officially launch its Democracy Advancement Program.
The program’s overarching goal is to enhance democratic governance for inclusive development in Liberia with a strategic objective to increase demand on the government to deliver on its political, development, and campaign promises.
The program will directly benefit 300 young people in total, (150 males and 150 females) through the Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) Africa from across Africa.
The program will support YPLS Africa alumni to undertake civic engagement events towards the 2023 elections aimed at increasing youth and women’s political participation and representation to promote peace.
According to a release, a total of 75 alumnae from YPLS Africa will benefit from internship and mentorship opportunities to work on women‘s campaign teams and to provide services to their communities.
The program will inform citizens, especially women and youth about their role in making demands for improved service delivery and as well demand elected officials to be accountable based on their election promises in Liberia.
The program is built on Research, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement, (RACE) to ensure that citizens are aware of the operation of the county’s service centers.
It is also to ensure that local government is responsive to the needs of citizens especially women and youth within the selected counties.
The program will be launched by the newly elected President of the Federation of Liberia Youth and an Alumnae of YPLS Africa, Ms. Banica T. Elliot, followed by special remarks from development partners, civil society, and the Government of Liberia.
The NAYMOTE Democracy Advancement Program is funded by the Swedish Embassy. It is valued at US$1,150,000. 00 and will target five counties which are Bassa, Nimba, Bong, Lofa, and Montaserrado.
NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development is a good governance and research institution working to advance the principles of democracy, rule of law, and good governance in Liberia.
NAYMOTE believes that a purposeful and effective civil society is needed to set the national policy agenda and stimulate sound and healthy grassroots responses to governance issues.
It added that a purposeful and effective civil society is needed to influence the uneven power dynamics that characterize the relationship between Liberia’s citizens and the government.
Since its establishment in 2001, NAYMOTE has initiated several programs to foster political accountability to make elected leaders more accessible, responsible, and accountable to the electorate.
It has also advocated for elected officials to build the capacity of local leaders to be more effective in the delivery of essential government services. –Press release