The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstrom, has disclosed that Sweden’s current development assistance to Liberia amounts to about US$32 million per year.
She explained that the assistance is intended to contribute to the creation of opportunities for people living in poverty to improve their living condition, adding that Sweden has been a partner in development to Liberia for a long time.
The Swedish Ambassador made the disclosure Monday at the beginning of a five-day National and Regional Stakeholders Consultation for the training of trainers on Community Dialogue held at local hotel in Sinkor, near Monrovia.
She said the objective of the training is to enhance the participation of women in the development process at both the national and district levels, and to ensure that gender-based discrimination is brought to an end, noting that women participation is central to democracy.
“The opportunity to participate is central to democracy, we all know that it is when the gap between those who govern and those who are governed narrows that politics starts to make sense to the citizenry and democracy is strengthened,” she stressed.
The Swedish diplomat said for participation to be a positive effective instrument in strengthening a democratic society, citizens need to be organized and to know how to carry out the discussion, stressing that it is also positive for politicians as it will improve the quality of their decision-making.
The five-day training of trainers on Community Dialogue facilitation was organized by United Nations Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs with sponsorship from the Swedish Embassy.