PADEV, like several other environmental non-governmental organizations(ENGOs) in Liberia is saddled with series of challenges. They include, but are not limited to:
Total lack of national subsidy
– The absence of a comprehensive plan and vision by government to strengthen the capacity of ENGOs and CSOs
– Reliance on grants from the international community
– Volatile political and economic environment
– Lack of efforts to build trust between banking institutions and local organizations
– Lack of clear policy on the sustainability and protection of local ENGOs and CSOs
Even though ENGOs and CSOs such as ours contribute significantly to national development goal, the national government does not have any plan in place to support the role we play.
PADEV continues to demonstrate the motivation to augment the effort of its national counterpart to support forest dependent communities. However, this initiative is being undermined by the lack of resources and limited capacity.
PADEV is solely funded by its founders. Unless PADEV is awarded a contract by donors and collaborating partners, our staff work as volunteers. Volunteering is not sustainable in Liberia as everyone relies on income to fulfill their needs.
Our long-term goal is to improve the technical and administrative capacities of our staff, so that they are placed in a better position to support our sectoral partner, the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and other agencies of government where we can lend our expertise. Nonetheless, this goal cannot be achieved in the absence of the needed support.