Our history

Brief History of SESDev

SESDev was founded in 2009 but attained a legal status as non-profit non-governmental in Liberia in 2011. SESDev’s focus, in the beginning, came from the expertise and relationships that the small founding team had with specific communities, primarily in the South eastern belt of Liberia particularly Sinoe County where there were growing demand of land for palm oil plantations and high incidence of human right abuses and violations abuse on customary land owners.

Hence since 2009 SESDev, through advocacy, capacity building, awareness raising and other community development approaches, has worked in Sinoe and expanded into Maryland and Grand Kru counties to support communities in realizing their rights and exercising such rights, ensure communities rights to their land, resources and livelihoods are respected, ensure communities’ customary land are secured, ensure peaceful coexistence of communities and concession companies; ensure equitable benefit sharing and created space for customary land owners voices to be heard in decision making processes surrounding their customary lands.

Our mission

Our Mission

SESDev supports rural communities to defend and protect their rights using a community development approach which aims to create spaces for communities’ voices to be heard in decision making process at a local and national level with a particular focus on the voices of women and youth and to engage in development alternatives including economically and environmentally sustainable small and medium scale enterprises.

Vision

Our vision is a society in which development objectives, environmental sustainability and human wellbeing are in harmony

Goal

Our goal is to support development models which promote social, economic and environmental justice particularly for those most marginalized from current development processes including rural communities, women and youth.

Key Principles

A

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)

A key principle that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to proposed projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy or use.

B

Self-determination

A principle that supports communities to realize their rights to self-determination as a fundamental right of all peoples