Strengthening Capacity

IDN strengthens the capacity of in-country partners, including NGOs, CSOs, government institutions, and individuals. It works closely with the Carter Center’s in-country collaborating partners and others to develop and implement projects and programs to bolster civil society, higher education, and empowerment for women and youth. Drawing on Emory faculty and graduate student expertise, IDN supports capacity strengthening projects in countries where The Carter Center works through workshops and trainings.

Most recently, IDN and the Conflict Resolution Program have collaborated on a variety of projects related to The Carter Center’s Access to Justice in Liberia Program. The Access to Justice Program works with government ministries, traditional leaders and communities to strengthen the administration of justice, to promote civic education in the rule of law, to improve access to justice, and to engage policy dialogue and reform. In 2008 The Carter Center asked IDN to help it understand the root causes of gender-based violence in Liberia as well as best practices to address this major problem. In response IDN organized a working group involving Emory faculty, IDN staff, faculty members from the University of Liberia, Liberian NGO leaders and area studies experts. Since then IDN has led numerous initiatives focused on GBV in Liberia. In 2009 Emory Professor Pamela Scully, a participant in the working group, organized a workshop in Monrovia, Liberia that brought together scholars and practitioners from Liberia, South Africa, and the United States. These participants focused on research and action related to gender violence, gender justice, and transitional justice with local and national legal organizations as well as the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Building on the momentum of her research, Scully organized an international conference with scholars and practitioners in Atlanta in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, IDN led a project to develop Liberian university-based programs to promote gender awareness and strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations with support from the Open Society Foundations. This project involved civil society leaders in Liberia and faculty from Emory, the University of Liberia, Cuttington University and Tubman University.