LIBERIA 2011 - 2014, 2014-2017
Phase I (2011-2014) of the Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia program (MLDL), funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), worked in two remote counties in Liberia (Nimba and Lofa) to defuse conflict and reduce crime. Phase II (2014-2017), implemented by the Kaizen Company with Tetra Tech as a subcontractor, is working in two additional counties, Bong and Grand Gedeh. The principal activities of MLDL included establishing or reviving community forums, district security councils, and county security councils; building capacities to resolve disputes and identify and address security concerns; and strengthen an early warning/early reaction system to improve security response and policy formulation. Phase I also worked on community policing and improving the investigative skills of local law enforcement. The overarching objective of the MLDL program is to identify and address potential conflicts that could destabilize the community. The MLDL team has established rigorous consultative processes with Liberian stakeholders to ensure that the program is aligned with local priorities, receives support from key Liberian actors, and will be sustainable after project close. The MLDL main office is in Ganta, Nimba County.