By Nuwo David
ForumCIV Liberia chapter has appointed Asa David Chon as the new Country Representative.
ForumCIV is Sweden’s largest civil society platform with about 150 member organizations.
It is a politically and religiously unaffiliated development cooperation working to empower marginalized groups and individuals and civil society to organize and to hold duty bearers accountable and demand for their rights.
Mr. Chon who is expected to take office comes April 1, 2021, will be responsible to manage donor relations, fundraisers, lead the development of staffs and partners development, amongst others.
“We are fully aware of the enormity of the responsibility bestowed upon us and we are prepared to elevate our visibility as an institution and to contribute to impacting the lives of marginalized individuals and communities,” Mr. Chon said in a Facebook comment.
He continued that his ascendency will follow the purpose of the organization.
“We promise to Strengthen marginalised people around the world who organise to claim their rights and advocate for changes that contributes to a just and sustainable world” he continued.
Mr. Chon has previously worked as Programs Coordinator for Liberia Red Cross Society, Food and Nutrition Security Officer at Action Contre la Faim(ACF), Project Officer/Assistant Team Leader at Oxfam Great Britain and Livelihood program supervisor at Danish Refugees Council (DRC).
Chon became the first Programme Manager for the organization during its launch in Liberia in January 2019.
In June 2018 ForumCIV and the embassy of Sweden near Monrovia signed a grant agreement valued at 51 million Swedish Krona to develop the fledgeling civil society in Liberia.
“We work in Democracy and Human Rights, Gender Equality, Environment and Climate change and Land Rights; our organization has its Country office in Gbarnga, Bong County and also run sub-offices in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, and a satellite office in Monrovia” Chon limited.
To date, ForumCIV has provided 32 grants to civil society organizations in Bomi, Bong and Grand Gedeh Counties.
The organization contributes to strengthening the structural and internal capacities of civil society organizations to ensure efficiency, accountability and sustainability.
In October 2020, ForumCiv hosted the first-ever Rural Women Land Rights conference in Liberia; the conference brought rural women from across Liberia and stakeholders together to deliberate on existing impediments to women fully exercising their rights as enshrined in the 2018 Land Rights Act.
The resolution of this conference which amongst other things called for increased budgetary support to the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the establishment of a Gender Desk across of county office of the LLA was presented to President George M. Weah on 20th February 2021 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
Meanwhile, ForumCIV has begun the process of recruiting a new Programme Manager to replace Mr. Chon.