NAYMOTE-PADD Lauds Swedish Gov’t Support for Decentralization

first_imgA prodemocracy group, NAYMOTE-Partners for Democracy Development (PADD), has commended the government of Sweden for its continual support to the democratic development, governance reform and peace-building of Liberia.The group made specific reference to the sustained support of the Swedish government to its Liberian counterpart’s decentralization agenda that aims to share the state’s governance power, which has been centralized since independence, to the rest of the country.NAYMOTE-PADD, in a statement, said the country’s decentralization initiatives, which the Swedish government has supported “and continues to substantially support,” is key to national development and healing, especially after the prolonged civil war in the country.The statement, signed by the institution’s Media and Communications Director, Tracy Fatu Freeman, said the Swedish support is in the right direction and will help strengthen the country democratically. She therefore called on Liberians to support the government’s decentralization agenda.The commendation comes in the wake of a US$5 million grant from the Swedish government to Liberia to enhance and strengthen the latter’s decentralization process.The fund, received at a signing ceremony on Wednesday at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is to support Liberia’s Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) for 2016 and 2017. The MIA along with the Governance Commission (GC) manages the nation’s decentralization program.Included in Liberia’s decentralization program is a plan to bring public services closer to the people, most importantly those in the far-flung counties who have long been deprived of basic social services. NAYMOTE-PADD sees the US$5milion grant as a giant step in alleviating funding challenges faced by the central institutions to decentralize services and ensure participatory governance throughout the country, especially in the hinterlands.The organization also called on the Liberian government to leverage donor resources, with this donation being no exception, and fast-track the implementation of the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance by passing the draft Local Governance Act into law. It also wants the government to accelerate constitutional reforms with consideration of a proposal calling for the election of local leaders.“Both the draft Local Government Bill and the constitutional reform proposals are critical to implementing decentralization in the country,” the release said.As a result of this, the organization, whose motto is: Empower, Engage and Educate, is calling on the National Legislature to consider, with expediency and timeliness, the two aforementioned reform instruments in their 2016 sitting.NAYMOTE Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo, applauds the Governance Commission for its role in ensuring meaningful political and legal reforms aimed at promoting local governance and democratic development.“The development of decentralization policy and a draft Local Government Act are clear evidence of the commitment of the GC to sustaining democracy,” he said.Jarwolo is also calling on political leaders to make supporting policy statements on decentralization and constitutional reform. “I also want to call on representatives of political leaders in the government to increase collaboration and coordination on policies and legislation aimed at ensuring a system of participatory governance.” According to the NAYMOTE, decentralization holds the potential of increasing economic growth and social development, expanding social justice and access to economic opportunities across the country; and if properly implemented, would move Liberia in the most positive direction.Meanwhile, at the signing ceremony, Swedish Ambassador, Lena Nordström, highlighted the importance of bringing the public services closer to the people.“The passing of the Local Government Bill is another important milestone to develop democratic and inclusive governance in Liberia,” she said. NAYMOTE-PADD is a national civil society organization and think-tank promoting local governance and decentralization. Since 2001, the organization has been promoting citizens’ understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH: Man Utd and Arsenal target shines in Copa America opener

first_img1 You can be excused for missing this one.After all, the Copa America kicked off in the dead of night (European time), when most of us were probably dreaming about that Friday feeling.While the UK was catching some z’s, tournament hosts Chile eased past a tricky Ecuador side courtesy of a 2-0 scoreline and one of Europe’s most in-demand midfielders opened his account from the spot.Arturo Vidal, who is reportedly a target of both Manchester United and Arsenal, smashed home a penalty to give his side the lead before his Juventus team mate Eduardo Vargas slotted home a second.Arsene Wenger or Louis van Gaal could soon be benefitting from composure like this… Arturo Vidal last_img

House Judiciary Committee Conducts Hearing on Wikileaks – Watch the Video

first_imgThe witness list for the hearing included Thomas Blanton of the National Security Archive at George Washington University; Geoffrey Stone, former dean of the University of Chicago Law School; and Ralph Nader for some reason. Some legislators, most prominently Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have called for Assange to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. However, given the extreme uncertainty of the outcome they desire, Lieberman has introduced the SHIELD Act (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination). On his website, Lieberman makes it 100% clear that this law was written not so much to protect the country, to make up for a gap in the existing law, as it is to go after and get Assange. “(T)he SHIELD Act, would give the Administration increased flexibility to go after Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange by making it illegal to publish the names of human intelligence informants (HUMINT) to the United States military and intelligence community.”The video of the meeting is actually interesting. It goes surprisingly far beyond the usual electioneering you see in these sorts of hearings, especially expected in one whose topic is so fraught. The majority of the legislators seem to actually care about the First Amendment, even when the speech it protects is odious to them. There is also a great deal of examination of the perils of over-classification of both diplomatic and military materials. Was there anything in the hearing that you found particularly surprising? If so, please share it in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#NYT#web Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The House Judiciary Committeemet today to discuss, among other things, Wikileaks and whether the organization and its boss Julian Assange have violated the United States Espionage Act. The committee meeting was recorded by C-Span and video of the hearing is available.In an extremely thorough examination, Trevor Timm of Legal As She Is Spoke, has made a very convincing case that Wikileaks has not broken the law. Timm, the editor of the New York Law School Law Review, examines “the most commonly cited statute by those who advocate prosecuting Wikileaks…Section 793(e).”“‘Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense…willfully communicates… the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it…[s]hall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.’” As made clear in the Pentagon Papers case, the word ‘communicates’ was never meant ‘to encompass publication’ or to affect the press.”last_img read more