Project and Programs

In line with its five years strategic plan, CEMESP is in transition from Peacebuilding to peace consolidation. This in effect means that the organization has gone beyond its traditional role of training and defending journalists but rather adopting the multi-stakeholders approach in dealing with state and non-state actors to contribute to the national recovery efforts of a country in transition.

CEMESP has in recent times been engaged with good governance and political accountability training workshops to build synergy amongst stakeholders, local authorities, community radio journalists and civil society groups in six counties.

The organization remains committed to defending freedom of expression and perennially publishes alerts on attacks and threats on media as well as providing media legal support services for journalists facing litigations in court as a result of the work.

CEMESP played pivotal role in the enactment of the Liberia Freedom of Information Act including ongoing campaigns to ensure that law is used in promoting the culture of transparency and accountability. This process has led to stakeholders meetings, training workshops and a couple of research to inspire FOI Law usage, whilst trying to understand what the problem with the implementation of the law is.

CEMESP is playing a central role in the advocacy to decriminalization media offenses under the auspices of The Declaration of Table Mountain.

CEMESP recently partnered with other affiliate groups in hosting a roundtable- to dialogue the passage of three media laws- Community Radio Sustainability, Public Service Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator. CEMESP has added to its list of publications from the said roundtable including a recent research publication: Monitoring the Demand Supply Trend of FOI Law.

During the 2011 elections, CEMESP played leadership role working with a consortium of CSOs, Elections Coordinating Committee to educate voters, train and deploy monitors across the country.

CEMESP hosted political party spokespersons in meetings and radio talk shows to help in toning down violent rhetoric and also hosted a post elections stock taking forum of how media covered the elections.

In line with its human rights defending value women issues have become a critical problem solving window for CEMESP. The organization has consequently developed its capacity in designing and implementing gender empowerment training packages that have been rolled out in several counties.

CEMESP has vast international and local partnership and this has translated in recent facilitation of CSO-Government Open Governance Partnership engagements culminating in the development of a National Action Plan for Liberia.

The same process is underway to domesticate the African Charter on Governance and Elections, working with the sub regional partner Center for Democracy and Development, CDD based in Nigeria.

To reflect its new outlook, CEMESP is in the process of redesigning its website to add new features including social media facebook portals: Mano River Oil Watch and Liberia Freedom of Information Watch. These are conduits moderated for civic engagement to influence sound policies relative deepening good governance and openness about the emergent oil sector, using social member.

With name recognition and clout- locally and internationally, CEMESP has been offering wide ranging consultancy services within its core competence areas including:

Tax Education for Ministry of Finance; ongoing Marketing of the West Africa Regional Fishing Project using Community Radios, Evaluation of the Public Awareness Component of the UNDP Arms for Development in Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties in 2007; Nationwide Evaluation of the Impact of the Local Rebroadcast of Charles Taylor Trial done by West Africa Democracy Radio; Evaluation of the Good Governance through Sustained Media for Journalist for Human Rights/ Liberia Media Center 2010;  under the IREX USAID fund Good Governance Training for CSOs, Local Authorities and Community Radios set up Citizens Budget Monitoring Networks in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Lofa, among other things.