About Us

Founded in August 2016, partners in Development(PADEV) is a professional Liberian NGO dedicated to the promotion of development through the implementation of programs that increase knowledge and capacity within the development sectors of Liberia. Our Lead sector partner is the Forestry Development Authority (FDA). Through FDA and other partners, we support dependent communities through the practice and policy of community forestry.
PADEV was founded by a cadre of community forestry professionals that worked cooperatively together in a range of disciplines in support of USAID-supported community forestry efforts from 2008 to 2017. These programs include:

 Land Rights and Community Forestry Program (LRCFP), which supported the development of the Community Rights Law and its regulation, and helped to establish community forestry in Liberia through the development of 5 authorized community forests;
 Liberia Forestry Support Program(LFSP) which continued to support the development of community forests in northern Nimba County;
 People, Rules, and organization Supporting the Protection of Ecosystem Resources (PROSPER) which expanded community forestry and included the development of education and outreach materials for community forestry expansion as well as livelihoods for authorized forest communities.
As key members of these teams, the founders of PADEV have worked closely with the Forestry Development Authority and other stakeholders to establish practical replicable models for community forestry in Liberia and are the unrivaled and foremost experts in community forestry implementation in Liberia.

Why was PADEV formed?
PADEV founders recognize that Liberians must take responsibility for their own development and must lend their own expertise to the country’s development. The founders of PADEV are committed to continuing the work that they have accomplished as natural resource management professionals by looking for opportunities to lend their expertise to development efforts. Specific areas of interest include:

 Building and strengthening forest governance institutions in Community-based Natural Resource Management(CBNRM)
 Support to capacity building efforts related to forest governance, technical forest management, outreach, and awareness;
 Sustainable forest management and the conservation of its biodiversity;
 Continued implementation and expansion of community forestry in Liberia;
 Outreach and awareness related to the practice and policy of Community
  Community forestry and the implementation of the CRL and CRL Regulations;

Public outreach and education on environmental compliance, and biodiversity
 Monitoring and Evaluation encompassing surveys in Behavior Change
Communication/ Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior (BCC/KAB) and Social
Economic and Resource Reconnaissance(SER)
 Land tenure & property rights(LTPR)
 Conflict management and dispute resolution in Community Based Natural
Resource Management(CBNRM)
 Advocacy on resource governance
 Gender and social inclusion in natural resource management
 Training, program design, and facilitation of technical works
 Livelihoods and enterprise development based on improved methodology,
lessons learned and replicable ideas adaptable to context