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‘Pass Land Rights Bill Now’: CSOs Petition Legislature

CSO Working Group Presents Position Statement to Rep. Tingba

 

The Civil Society Working Group on Land Reform has called on the National Legislature to speedily pass the draft land rights act, and has made recommendations geared toward improving the current draft.

 

Delivering the statement on behalf of the Working Group on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Madam Florence M. Dorley-Konneh of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, Forest and Fisheries (VGGT) Secretariat, touched on many issues that are key to making the proposed law work for local communities. The group stated that protecting customary land is the most important component in the Draft Act, while pointing out that the customary land category is new and therefore vulnerable to commercial interests and elite land grab. In regards to the Public Land category of the draft act, the group said that given the history of public land use and management in Liberia, any attempt to designate areas as Public Land without the consultation and informed consent of communities (customary rights holders) will likely undermine the core values, principles, and legal protection on Customary Land as entrenched in the Land Rights Policy. “Also, any process that would allow government officials to arbitrarily draw boundary lines on communities’ land will likely see a continuation of the high incidence of boundary conflicts that have recently characterized concession zones throughout the country,” the statement alarmed.

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CENTAL Trains Journalists on Natural Resource Reporting

By: Hamilton B. Greene

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has held a three-day training workshop for journalists on Natural Resource Management Reporting. The Workshop which was held from the 22nd to the 24th of February brought together Nine (9) journalists from various media institutions and was facilitated by Mr. Gerald Dan Yeakula, CENTAL Program Manager and Atty. Norris Tweah, CENTAL Media Consultant and a long standing media expert.

 

Some participants pose for photo

 

During the opening ceremony, the Acting Executive Director of CENTAL, Mr. Anderson D. Miamen cautioned journalists to take the training seriously, asserting that it was intended to improve their knowledge of the Natural Resource Sector which would in turn improve the level of transparency within the sector. He further stated that it is an avenue via which journalists could become professional reporters in a specific field as is being done by other world renowned media corporations, stating that vast knowledge in a particular field could lead one to becoming an expert reporter in said field.

 

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CENTAL HOLDS GENDER TRAINING

By: Hamilton B. Greene

 

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) on Thursday, February 16 conducted a one-day Gender training for its staff and members of its University Integrity Club (iClub) under the Women Land and Corruption in Africa Project funded by Transparency International.

 
Geared toward enhancing staff knowledge on gender mainstreaming and implications for project development and implementation, the training brought together fifteen participants and was facilitated by Madam Vaiba K. Flomo, formerly of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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CENTAL Participates in Regional Conference for CSOs

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has participated in a Regional World Bank conference for Civil Society Organizations held from February 13 through 15, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria . The two-day meeting, which was attended by CSOs from Anglophone West African Countries, was intended to share information on key activities of the Bank in Africa as well as to deliberate on effective means of fostering a more “meaningful relationship” with civil society organizations. Liberia was represented by Mr. John Brownell of the Agency for Development and Economic Empowerment and Anderson D. Miamen of CENTAL.

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CENTAL MEDIA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

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