The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) led a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop and test a national guideline for community self-identification in partnership with Liberia’s Land Commission, the Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI), Development Education Network (DEN-L) and Parley Liberia. Liberia is still recovering from two civil wars. A crucial element of the Accra Peace Agreement, signed by the warring parties in 2003, was ensuring a more just and equitable process of land reform. The guideline will support the land reform envisioned by Liberia’s new Land Rights Policy by clarifying the first step in a process to gain collective title to their customary land, when Liberia passes the draft Land Rights Bill. This project has also built capacity for implementing the protocol and prepared for national adoption and upscaling.
NGOs and the national land agency tested and refined over 21 months a practical and scalable guideline to enable local communities self-identify–the first step toward gaining collective title to their customary land under Liberia’s new Land Rights Policy
To ensure that collective community land and natural resource tenure rights of local communities in Liberia are recognized, secured and formalized