(January 17, 2022) Liberia’s leading democracy promotion institution, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, has released its second publication aimed at promoting the culture of openness and legislative responsiveness in Liberia. The Legislative Engagement Guide (LEG) strives to promote transparency in the formulation of public policies and to ensure the engagement of civil society organizations and citizens in the legislative process in Liberia.
The development of this Legislative Engagement Guide (LEG) is inspired by Naymote Partners for Democratic Development’s decade-long advocacy to promote democratic accountability and transparency in Liberia’s governance processes, as well as to increase the responsiveness of legislators to the needs and aspirations of the people who elected them. . The guide is passionate about practical experiences, best practices, and strategies that have proven successful and effective in legislative advocacy and civic engagement.
This guide is a practical tool that can be used to make the Liberian legislature the backbone of Liberian democracy due to its constitutional responsibilities to enact laws, represent the interests of citizens and oversee the implementation and performance of executive policies. It also aims to enhance citizens’ skills to engage in constructive legislative advocacy and monitoring from an informed perspective, knowing its structures and functions as well as strategies for the legislature to work in the interest of the people.
This guide to legislative engagement provides an in-depth analysis of legislative advocacy, highlighting the steps and tools to use when advocating for the passage of a bill/legislation or influencing legislative action. Moreover, this guide is also useful in urging legislators to keep their campaign promises after being elected, something they rarely do, especially in African countries of which Liberia is no exception.
The institution is expected to use the guide to raise awareness of the functioning of the Legislative Assembly in the 15 counties of Liberia, 1000 copies of the guide have been produced in collaboration with the Legislative Information Service and will be shared among community and society organizations civil. to support grassroots advocacy and community organizing, etc.
We fervently hope that development partners as well as ordinary Liberian citizens, especially youth, women and other marginalized groups, will use the information contained in this document and advocate for a people-centred governance process in the Liberia by promoting legislative openness, transparency, accessibility, accountability and responsiveness.
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