SEARCH, SIDA and CSOs officialsSearch for Common Ground Liberia/Talking Drum Studio (SEARCH) has ended a five-year project entitled “Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to Promote Sustainable Governance in Liberia.”Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the project was designed to encourage CSOs to promote a sustained democratic culture, the protection of human rights and the inclusion of citizens in decision-making. The original project was initially scheduled for November 1, 2012, to October 31, 2015, but ultimately occurred from November 1, 2012, to July 31, 2017.With a funding of US$4,526,009, the project was conducted in four thematic areas: decentralization, security sector reform, natural resource management and electoral reform, with four mutually supportive objectives.The reforms were to increase the programmatic capacity of partner-CSOs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to engage the state on targeted reform areas; to increase the institutional and financial capacity of CSOs and CBOs for sustained engagement with state institutions. They were also intended to strengthen networking and collaboration among CSOs and CBOs at national and county levels; and to increase information-sharing and dialogue between citizens and state institutions and CSOs/CBOs at national and county levels.Search Liberia Country Director Aaron Weah admitted that there were multiple expected results from the project. “How did we go about with this capacity building program? We went about it, first, by doing a self-assessment of each of these organizations to identify, institutionally, the priority areas and how we can work together to strengthen these areas of capacity.“So after doing a self-assessment and drawing-out the key areas of priorities, we were able to jointly work with these partners to set out what we referred to as benchmarks. So we set a benchmark for six months. After 11 months, we brought somebody from our West Africa region to conduct a mid-term evaluation to see the initial results,” Weah explained in an overview of the project.Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia Ingrid Wetterqvist said Sweden has a keen interest in the promotion of civil society, especially Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – with targets to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.She said Liberia needs a strong civil society to strengthen the rule of law and work on its development challenges. “Why does Sweden support civil society? Civil societies built Sweden. You might not believe it today, but some 150 years ago, a quarter of our population actually immigrated to the United States. People came together in churches and various associations to work against alcohol [consumption] and sobriety.“Alcohol was a huge developmental problem in Sweden at the time. These movements, also in the churches, turned into political movements. And there was a mobilization of trade unions and workers and there was a deal done between the few big companies and the mining workers, who were working in these companies.“And the deal was to formulate the labor market and contribution to taxes. And the outcome was the building of a society for the well-being of the core of the masses. So schooling is very important; healthcare is very important,” she stressed.The national chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Frances R. Deigh Greaves, commended Sweden for having partnered with SEARCH.The project took place in Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties among 10 partners, including National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (Naymote) and Security Sector Reform Working Group (SSRWG) from 2012-2017, and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) from 2012-2014.The county partners were Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA) from 2012-2017; Bong’s Center for Justice and Peace Studies (CJPS) from 2012-2014; and Nimba-based Special Emergency Activity to Restore Hope (Search) from 2012-2014.Others were Grand Bassa Youth Caucus (BYC); Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA) of Bong; Effective Activity to Restore Stability for the Masses (EARS) of Nimba; and Gender Peace Network (GPN) of Grand Gedeh, who benefited from 2016-2017 respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
17 17 17 Joint 17th: Leicester City (and seven other English clubs) have won five trophies in their history – Click the right arrow above to find out which clubs have won the most! – Reigning Premier League champions, the Foxes, along with West Ham, Portsmouth, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United and Wanderers, have all collected five bits of silverware. 17 7. Aston Villa – 22 trophies – Now in the Championship, their glory days are behind them, but they won plenty through their history. Seven first division titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups, a Charity Shield all reside in their trophy cabinet, along with a European Cup and a European Super Cup. 11= Newcastle United – 12 trophies – Now in the Championship, the Magpies will want to get silverware at St James Park soon. Previously theyve won four first division titles, six FA Cups, a Charity Shield and an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 17 At the end of the day, football is all about winning major trophies.You can claim all you like it’s about taking part, playing the beautiful game in the most attractive style, but it’s all for nothing if silverware isn’t being held aloft.Some football clubs, though, have won more than others, a lot more, during the course of history.So, which teams in the English football pyramid have got cabinets full of cups and shields? Click the right arrow above to find out… 2. Liverpool – 60 trophies – The Reds will want to end their four-year trophy drought this season but, to be fair, they already have an incredible haul. An excellent 18 first division titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, 15 Charity Shields, one Football League Super Cup, three UEFA Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, and, of course, theyve won the European Cup five times. 17 11= Blackburn Rovers – 12 trophies – The Championship side won their first League Cup back in 2002, this trophy sits alongside three league titles, six FA Cups, a Charity Shield and a Full Members Cup. 17 17 17 8. Manchester City – 18 trophies – The Citizens will be hoping for a glittering season full of silverware under new boss Pep Guardiola. What will he add to four top-flight titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, four Charity Shields and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup? 17 17 13= Sunderland – Nine trophies – They havent had much success recently but in their history have won six league titles, two FA Cups and a Charity Shield. 13= Leeds United – Nine trophies – The Whites have won three league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, two Charity Shields and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. 4. Chelsea – 28 trophies – The Roman Abramovich era has been kind to the Blues and subsequently theyve added plenty of silverware to their trophy cabinet. Throughout their history theyve won five top-flight titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups, four Charity Shields, two Full Members Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League, two UEFA Cup Winners Cups, and one UEFA Super Cup. 13= West Bromwich Albion – Nine trophies – The Baggies, along with their 1919/20 first division title, have won the FA Cup five times, the League Cup and two Charity Shields (although one was shared). 9= Nottingham Forest – 13 trophies – The Tricky Trees have only won the first division title once but picked up two European Cups, a European Super Cup, two FA Cups, four League Cups, two Full Members Cups, and a Charity Shield. 17 17 17 5= Everton – 24 trophies – The Toffees will want to get their hands on some silverware after 21 years without any. Luckily they had previously won nine first division titles, five FA Cups, nine Charity Shields and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. 17 13= Sheffield Wednesday – Nine trophies – The Owls missed out on promotion back to the Premier League last season but hold four league titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and one Charity Shield, in their trophy cabinet. 1. Manchester United – 64 trophies – So, topping the table, its the Red Devils. Theyve won 20 top-flight titles, 12 FA Cups, four League Cups, 21 Charity Shields, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FIFA Cup World Cup. 3. Arsenal – 43 trophies – The Gunners have won an impressive 13 first division titles, 12 FA Cups, 14 Charity Shields but just two League Cups, along with one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. 5= Tottenham Hotspur – 24 trophies – Spurs went close to winning the Premier League last season but were ultimately beaten into third by champions Leicester, and Arsenal. Can they add to two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven Charity Shields, two UEFA Cups and one UEFA Cups Winners Cup? 17 17 9= Wolverhampton Wanderers – 13 trophies – About to embark on a new era under new owners, Wolves could soon add to their three first division titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, and four Charity Shields.