The EU supported Land Rights Project, launched in March 2017, focuses on efforts to encourage the passage of the Land Rights Act, by raising awareness at national, county and community level, and improving the advocacy and organizational capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at different levels, with a special focus on the Civil Society Organization Working Group on Land Rights. After the passage of the law, the project, in collaboration with the Liberia Land Authority, will support communities to self-identify, manage their land in line with the new law and provide legal assistance where needed. Stakeholders at different levels shall be linked to ensure the documentation of challenges and lessons learned in the execution of the Land Rights Act in Liberia.
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Welthungerhilfe (WHH), and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), are jointly implementing the Land Rights for Liberia Project, which is aimed at the promotion and protection of community land rights for national development.
The program comprises various components, including but not limited to:
- Advocacy on the passage into law of the proposed Land Rights Bill.
- Awareness and outreach on community land rights.
- Capacity Building for Civil Society Organizations to successfully participate in land rights issues.
- Support to communities in self-identification
- Supporting communities to recognize and exercise their statutory rights after the passage of the Land Rights Bill into law.
- Knowledge sharing and networking.
The Land Rights for Liberia Project is being implemented in ten (10) of the fifteen counties of Liberia. The implementing partners recognize that the Liberia Land Authority is the national agency responsible for the coordination of donor implemented projects in order to achieve the objectives of the land sector. Based on this authority, and in order to ensure the sustainability and the success of the project, CAFOD, WHH, and SDI are fully collaborating with the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) through its Customary Land Unit to achieve the objectives of the project. In addition, all activities undertaken by the entities involving community self-identification, land claim declaration, land space identification must be approved by the LLA.