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The Liberia Media Center (LMC) with support from USAID through DAI-LAVI held two youths and students’ forums on the campuses of the United Methodist University (UMU) and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU).

The forums were meant to include the youth and students’ community into the advocacy for the reform of the laws governing the County Social Development Funds (CSDF). Students expressed their excitement and were grateful that they could be a part of the discussion that borders on development and inclusivity of project decision and implementation in their counties.

At the forums, the students recommended that the management of the funds be given back to the Superintendent and be closely monitored and supervised by Lawmakers and a Citizens’ monitoring group.
The students emphasized that the selection of delegates for the county sitting be left squarely to the decision of the citizens as that will include them into the development agenda of their counties.
However, it was conspicuously clear that most young people are not knowledgeable about the CSDF and its operationalization. When the students were quizzed as to what was their level of knowledge of the funds given to their individual counties most of them had little or no idea; some of students where for the first-time hearing what the CSDF was all about and how was it been manage at the level of the county authorities and legislative caucuses.
The youths and students expressed their discontentment about the way citizens are being left out in the management of the fund and were calling on the Legislators and local authorities to allow more inclusivity into the management of the funds.
LAVI with support from USAID have been working with the NRM Coalition for more than one year implementing a project focused on the management, monitoring and citizens’ participation of the CSDF.

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