Swedish Grant Funds Liberian Project

The government of Sweden is supporting The Carter Center and Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON) with a three-year, $3 million grant to advance democratic governance through citizen observation, including monitoring legislative activities, conducting national surveys, and advocating for election reform. The program is finishing its first year, during which LEON was able to observe a special election, report on activity within Liberia’s legislature, and release analyses and assessments on an electoral reform bill and the implementation of recommendations from election observers.

An umbrella organization with national coverage and a presence in each of Liberia’s 73 electoral districts, LEON has observed electoral and democratic processes since 2017, emerging as a recognized and respected voice on election-related issues in Liberia. The organization has built a reputation for increasing government transparency, encouraging citizen engagement, building confidence in the Liberian government, and supporting peaceful elections. LEON’s work is viewed as credible, nonpartisan, and broadly representative of the Liberian people.

Looking ahead, The Carter Center anticipates that LEON will continue to play a key role in furthering democracy in Liberia.

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