The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) works to transform the decision-making processes of natural resource management so the benefits are shared equally. SDI’s work aims to create space for the participation of local communities in decision-making processes on natural resources. SDI work to support and enhance their contributions to those processes and strengthen mechanisms that will ensure that communities receive a fair share of the benefits derived from natural resource exploitation.

SDI’s work is underpinned by three core values and guiding principles which shape our rights-based approach and analysis of natural resource management. SDI strive to work with communities in an empowering way to facilitate their meaningful participation in decisions about natural resources which affect their wellbeing, their livelihoods and their and way of life. The values and principles are that the rights of people and communities to participate in decisions making processes should be respected at all times; that people and communities should have opportunities to pursue economic, social, cultural and political wellbeing without hindrance by the state; and that the use of natural resources should reflect the wellbeing of future generations.

SDI has to lead the land reform advocacy process along with the RRF and a host of other CSOs for the past four years. SDI is also an implementing partner of the EU Land Rights for Liberia, a 3-year project, a project that is supporting customary communities in the protection of their local lands.