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Political Governance Program News

  • February 27, 2014: Sierra Leone’s governance, education and justice sectors still lagging

    Freetown, Sierra Leone - Three recent reports reveal profound reforms are necessary for democratic progression Tremendous progress has been made in bolstering Sierra Leone’s young democracy since the end of its civil war. However, there is still much work to be done in the areas of governance, political participation, public service delivery and justice sector reform, according to three reports commissioned by the...

  • December 5, 2013: Fostering Civic Engagement Amongst Community Residents in Liberia

    Monrovia, Liberia - How can politics be made interesting and innovative for the people of Liberia? That's the question NAYMOTE, an OSIWA partner and grassroots organization based in Monrovia, are trying to address as they embark on a pilot project bringing legislators and citizens face to face in town hall meetings across Liberia. To what extent has democracy improved with increased citizen participation?...

  • December 3, 2013: The Liberian Bus Project

    Monrovia, Liberia -   “Driving change, our democracy can make life better for ordinary people, but it takes a lot of hard work. There are lot of resources and power out there; unfortunately, not much of it is working for the side of good. But when passionate people like us get together and get organized, we can make our communities stronger, productive and more sustainable.”  - Executive Director of the...

  • December 2, 2013: Organizing Youth in the Democratization Process in Sierra Leone

    Freetown, Sierra Leone - The run-up to Sierra Leone's 2012 Presidential elections was a challenging time for the country. It was the first time biometric registration was used, the first time four elections were taking place at once, and the first time a significant number of first time voters were headed to the polls. These aspects, coupled with fears that violence may erupt during the electoral process, made...

  • November 29, 2013: From the Ashes: Story of a New Sierra Leone

    Freetown, Sierra Leone -    Over a decade since the end of Sierra Leone's 11 year civil war, where is the country headed now? After critical Presidential elections in 2012 unfolded in a free, fair and credible manner, there is growing optimism that Sierra Leone's years of violence are finally behind them. Strong projections of the country's economy are raising hopes and expectations that Sierra Leoneans are...