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West Africa Civil Society Legislative/Parliamentary Forum: The Liberia Consultation July 10, 2009

WACSI, the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) and the Liberia office of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) convened a policy consultative meeting between civil society and members of the National Legislature on July 10, 2009.

The overall objective of the consultative meeting was to provide a platform for civil society in Liberia and the national legislature to forge a more constructive, interdependent and mutually beneficial relationship. The key objectives of this meeting were to:§  Further analyse the current relationship between civil society and the National Legislature; identifying successes and challenges;§  Provide a platform for civil society actors and members of the National Legislature to jointly reflect on possibilities to enhance interaction, and collaboration;§  Explore the modalities for establishing a structured mechanism for civil society and the legislature to collaborate; and§  Establish a working group or group of experts that would document collaboration or interaction between CSO and the Legislature.

This consultation was part of a regional project conceptualised by WACSI and WACSOF titled “West Africa Civil Society Legislative/Parliamentary Forum” which aims to improve responsive governance processes in the sub region. The pilot countries for the project are Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria

The Policy Forum recommendations can be viewed here

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