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End of Project Report for LEAD's Liberia Training Program

Steve McDonald

The Leadership Project's End of Project Report for its Liberia Capacity-Building Training Program highlights impacts and lessons learned from a comprehensive analysis of the entire training workshop series.

End of Project Report for LEAD's Liberia Training Program

In July 2009, the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, with financial support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund via the United Nations Development Programme in Liberia, launched an 18-month training program to foster collaborative decision-making and negotiation skills among key Liberian leadership. The objective of this program was to build a network of Liberian leaders from across the political, functional, regional and societal spectrum that would work towards a shared vision and commitment for the country through collaborative, rather than competitive, means in order to manage the recovery, governance, and development of Liberia. 

As a capacity-building initiative, the program is designed to strengthen relations and cooperation among participants of differing backgrounds, and to enhance their conflict management, communication, and negotiation skills.  The skills and toolsets developed in the workshops enable Liberian decision-makers to work together within the structures of the state and in harmony with civil society to strengthen state capacity for peace consolidation. Target participants for the project included Executive and Legislative branch leadership, opposition political party leaders, and County Superintendents. In all, 90 Liberians from a broad political, ethnic, regional and sociological spectrum were involved. 

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Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald

Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more