P4DP Completes Capacity Assessment with Women CSOs

Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) has completed a pre-scoping exercise with six local women organizations in Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado Counties for potential partnership, a release from the Think Tank group said. According to the release, the exercise was intended to finalize documentation of the local organizations for its forthcoming funding arrangement with the UN Women. The release identified Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) through the United Nations Women as the source of the funding which is intended to implement a project on ‘Platform for Women Empowerment & Next Level’- PLA4WOENEL in Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi Counties, two of the impactful initiatives being implemented by P4DP and seeks to improve the livelihoods of young women through contributing to their representation in political decision making and alleviation of unfavorable socio-economic conditions that have led to women’s marginalization in the country.

In order to ensure the success of the project, P4DP conducted an institutional capacity assessment of six local organizations pre-selected during the development of the project proposal to collaborate in the implementation of the project in various communities of the target counties. The assessment team conducted a three-day in-depth interview with heads of the six organizations to determine their current standing. 

The Executive Director of P4DP, Mr. James Shilue in an exclusive interview with The Analyst said the overall objective of the assessment is to further generate evidence-based data on the Implementing Partners (IPs) as a means of updating P4DP’s database for the project.

He said that the assessment covered all project locations, including Montserrado County (Brewerville, Slipway, Caldwell, and Nyein Town); Margibi County (Gibi Community); and Bomi County (Tubmanburg).

“The study also identified various institutional characteristics and needs such as women’s involvement in and with the organizations; inclusion of people with disabilities in terms of livelihood needs, constraints, opportunities, etc.; enterprise development and relevant training; and operational recommendations to strengthen project implementation strategy”, Mr. Shilue said.

Also speaking to the paper, Mr. Kennedy Berrian, Program Manager, said the exercise was a vigorous one, making use of a mixed methodological approach that employed both an in-depth interview with key respondents from the target organizations and direct observations of each organization and its operating environment to gather adequate data and to make analysis of data easier.

The release praised the WPHF and UN Women for their immense support to institutional capacity development of Liberian women through various Liberian NGOs. It can be recalled that in 2020/2021, WPHF through the UN Women provided a project grant to P4DP to implement Mobile for the Promotion of Justice for Women and Girls’ Rights (Mobile4women) Project. The Mobile4women Project contributed to the promotion of gender-sensitive human rights (GSHR) in Grand Bassa and Urban Montserrado Counties through the use of a mobile audio visual approach to conduct an evidence-based research on how women and girls in urban and rural communities experienced marginalization and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), including identifying alternative justice options at their disposal and thus used the research findings to broaden the horizons of the communities on critical issues of the findings.

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