UNHCR Liberia: Briefing Notes 6 Sep 2004

Community Empowerment Projects Workers Deployed in Lofa County
35 Community Empowerment Project (CEP) workers have been deployed in four districts in Lofa County namely, Voinjama, Zorzor, Salayea and Kolahun. The CEP workers are expected to guide residents to identify needs and facilitate in developing proposals that address community needs, in particular targeting women, youth and disabled. Their deployment followed an intensive training workshop organized by UNHCR in collaboration with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, LRRRC. The workshop held recently in Voinjama, Lofa County is part of efforts of UNHCR in building the capacity of LRRRC to strengthen its presence and facilitate easy access to the right information.

Community Empowerment Projects involved small-scale interventions managed by communities themselves. These will include programmes to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and SGBV, skills development, rice drying/milling, seed banks, vegetable gardening, rehabilitation of community schools, strengthening women groups, women literacy programmes, youth development Programmes, carpentry/masonry workshops, community bakery, support to community services, peace building programmes, environmental protection programmes, capacity building to the communities.

UNHCR will provide funds for the implementation of the CEP through its implementing partner. Meanwhile, proposals are being received from various communities in areas of return.

Phase One of the IDP Community Watch Team Training Ends in Bong County

The LRRRC/UNHCR training for Camp Watch Teams in the six IDP camps of Bong County began on 2 September. 63 team members were trained during the first phase of the programme, which lasted two days. The programme covered Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, CWT guidelines, participation by women, working with the police and other authorities, SGBV, and child protection. Colleagues from LRRRC, UNHCR Protection and Field Safety, IRC, CIVPOL and SCF UK facilitated the sessions. Meanwhile, efforts are being pursed to encourage the participation of women at the training workshop. Raingear, flashlights and whistles were distributed at the end of the training to all participants.

Supervisors for Returnee Profiling and Community Assessment Received One-Day Training

One-day training was organized for Supervisors identified by NRC for returnee profiling and community assessment exercises in Bomi County. The supervisors will be deployed in each of the 7 regional offices in the country to oversee the work of the monitors. NRC Staff and UNHCR Protection facilitated the training. In a related development, discussions on issues of registration and border monitoring activities as well as the identification of crossing points and CEP projects are being held with local authorities in Maryland County. A tentative plan for monitoring activities outside of Maryland County has been drawn up.