This website aims to give neutral and objective information about the performance of the Liberian Legislature and the individual lawmakers. It is important that information about the Liberian Legislature and the performance of individual lawmakers, as elected representatives of the Liberian people, is more accessible to citizens, Civil Society Organizations and the media.
With this website IREDD wants to contribute to a culture of openness, accountability and transparency which is key in a vivid democracy.
The data that are presented on this website in the attendance, participation and initiatives scorecards are compiled by monitors who are assigned at the House of Representatives and the Senate. They attend the regular sessions of House and Senate on Tuesdays and Thursdays and compare and validate the attendance data with the offices of the Chief Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate. At the start of the project the leaderships of House and Senate have expressed their commitment to IREDD’s legislative monitoring project.
The information on the individual page of each lawmaker is collected by the IREDD monitors at the offices of the lawmakers.
The newsarticle links under the 'news' button on the page of each lawmaker are mostly taken from the allAfrica website: http://allafrica.com/. Articles were screened if the name of the lawmaker was in the header of the article and if the content of the article refers to an opinion or initiative of the lawmaker, related to his or her responsibility as a lawmaker.
The Bill section does not include every bill, petition, concessions, international treaty or report that is pending in or passed the Legislature. First of all, this is still work in progress. IREDD is working from 2016 backwards in time. Only legislative initiatives are listed that were debated and are relevant for the Liberian people. As well as bills that are initiated by one or more lawmakers. As there are no legislative archives, no journals or minutes of plenary sessions and committee meetings, no sound bill-tracking system or other legislative resources, complete information about the steps that are taken before a bill becomes a law is hard to give.
The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is a research and policy advocacy organization that works with grassroots organizations and partners at the local and sub-national level. Our partnerships are geared towards creating linkages between local groups and their local authorities on the one hand with policy actors. Such catalytic partnerships provide greater leverage for the work of local actors, extends their programmatic reach and enhances their ability to influence local, sub-national and national policy actors.
IREDD works closely with twenty-two local groups and marginalized groups throughout the country on issues of natural resources governance, peace and security, legislative strengthening and accountability, budgets and contracting, access to justice, human rights and service delivery. Through this work IREDD helps build capacities of local communities so they have the skills to hold the government accountable and ensure voices are heard.
IREDD & the Liberian Legislature
Since 2006 the IREDD has been engaging and working with the Legislature at different levels through its legislative accountability program. Part of this engagement has been facilitating legislative constituent’s meetings, policy advocacy, and monitoring and reporting the work of the legislature by publishing the Legislative Report Card to the public. The IREDD legislative accountability program has received resounding public support. An evaluation revealed that the project’s impact significantly helped to influence the way voters’ made choices during the 2011 elections. It also revealed that the project helped to improve the performance of legislators in relations to attendance level, participation in plenary debates, and organization of feedback meetings with constituents.
Support of the Monitoring Project
The monitoring project of IREDD, and the development of this website, is since 2013 funded and supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
The content of this website is collected and written with the greatest possible care. However, IREDD cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information. The content of this website therefore is not legally binding. IREDD accepts no liability which might arise from the content of its website.
On this website hyperlinks relate to external websites. IREDD is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Referring to this website is permitted provided that the good name of IREDD is not affected.