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“THE DIALOGUE” PRESS RELEASES FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2012
Monrovia, Liberia—Tues, June 26, 2012—-On the latest edition of “THE
DIALOGUE”, the Community outreach and media blended outdoor
interactive Public forum of the Liberia Media for Democratic
Initiatives (LMDI), the newly elected leaders of community radio
partners of the LMDI under the Association of Liberia Community
Radios, ALICOR have committed themselves to opening new doors for
uplifting the workings of Community Radios across Liberia.
Appearing on “THE DIALOGGUE” in a debate at their recent elections in
Kakata Margibi county, 45 kilometers from the capital, Monrovia,
Community Radio leaders ranging from under Secretaries to President,
said the would seek to have National Liberian leaders take the work
seriously for the growth of rural communities.
They said for too long the survival of Community radios has been
ignored by local and National leaders, but the same leaders only use
the radios to grasp power during elections. This situation according
to president elect, Gbarnga Community Radio Manager, William Quire
will change during his second term in office as ALICOR president.
Mr. Quire said his new Administration will seek legislation for
government support to the more than 50 rural community radios because
as he puts it community radios play more important roles in
development drives in communities across the Country.
In frank and interactive exchange with 43 of their fellow community
radio manager colleagues, Quire and his co-workers elect talked about
the apparent weakness in their advocacy for national support to
community radios in the past and promised to strengthen their stance
on the issue.
There were also exchanges on what the community radio managers say was
poor financial record keeping within the Association of Liberia
Community Radios, ALICOR. Here the Association’s membership suggested
a drastic review and reform of such system. Forty three (43) of LMDI’s
45 rural community radio partners were present at Kakata for their
leadership elections.
The newly elected officials of the ALICOR are:
1.    Radio Gbarnga station manager William Quire-President;
2.    Radio Cape mount station manager Shirk Sonii, Vice president for
administration,
3.    Radio Karn station coordinator, Emmanuel Karlea, Vice president for
Operations;
4.    Peace FM in Harbel station manager Emmanuel Johnson, Secretary General,
5.     Radio Life in Zorzor  station manager, T. Quaqua Miller Assistant
secretary and
6.    Radio Sanweii in Saniquellie station manager, Lawrence Togbah,
Financial secretary.
The Liberian Rural Community Radio leaders are elected for three years.
Signed:
John O. Kollie
Director and LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” Moderator
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Monrovia, Liberia—Wednesday June 14, 2012—-Civil Society and
Community based organizations in Lofa County have called for the
greater participation of Liberian Civil Society in the ongoing VISION
2030 exercise.
The Lofa CSO’s and CBO’s lamented what they termed as the fast rolling
out of the visioning exercise without the participation of Liberian
CSO’s and CBO’s. Speaking on the Liberia Media for Democratic
Initiatives (LMDI) community outreach and media blended interactive
forum, “THE DIALOGUE” in Voinjama Lofa County, CSO and CBO leaders
said the visioning was moving at a pace rather too high for the proper
planning of Liberia without the independent involvement of the Civil
Society of Liberia.
They called on the Steering Committee of the Vision 2030 initiative
headed by veteran politician Togbah Nah Tipoteh to redirect the
current trend of the exercise and allow for the Civil Society’s own
led consultations so as to give the required National Ownership to the
Vision 2024. Through such consultations, the groups said they will
gather views free of influence and tally them for the Visioning team.
The Lofa groups observed that Vision 2030 was proceeding in the same
way that other failed Liberian visioning exercises were organized and
rolled out. The organizations pointed to Vision 2024 which they say
proceeded without the independent participation of the Liberian Civil
Society and therefore led to the lack of National Ownership and
eventual failure.
They said for the Vision 2030 to engender a generally accepted
National Ownership, the crafters and Steering committee must allow for
some level of civil society led consultations in rather independent
ways, adding that the current trend was too government controlled, to
reap the required results.
They said government t led ventures are normally politicized to suit
specific partisan objectives that would eventually fail.
The LMDI/THE DIALOGUE  Voinjama sitting was a special edition of the
outdoor media and community outreach blended interactive forum, with
support from and  in partnership with the Rights and Rice Foundation
(RRF), a Liberian civil society organization working on issues of
social justice and community empowerment.
On the forum, National VISION 2030 Steering Committee Chairman, Dr.
Togbah Nah Tipoteh apologized to civil society organizations feeling
marginalized in the Visioning exercise and promised to consider their
concerns especially at the ensuing vision 2030 National Conference. He
 spoke  rather interactively to the Voinjama gathering Via telephone.
The forum was in observance of the launch of a project titled,
CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN
LIBERIA with concentration in Gbarpolu and Lofa Counties. The project
which supports civil society led consultations on the Vision 2030
exercise is funded by TRUST AFRICA through the RIGHTS AND RICE
FOUNDATION (RRF).
The Voinjama gathering was a part of a TRUST AFRICA sponsored
democracy and governance promotion project of the RIGHTS & RICE
FOUNDATION (RRF) partnering with the Liberia Media for Democratic
Initiatives (LMDI) through its interactive community and media forum,
“THE DIALOGUE”. As ever, deliberations from the Voinjama forum  are
being   broadcast on the LMDI’s partner  network 45 National and Rural
Community Radios across Liberia. If you are in Liberia watch out for
THE DIALOGUE and listen.
THE LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” SEEKS SUPPORT TO CONTINUE ITS DEMOCRACY
RELATED WORK IN LIBERIA.  THE DIALOGUE IS PROUDLY IN ASSOCIATION WITH
LONE STAR CELL MTN, DIALOGING FOR PEACE DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT IN
LIBERIA
Signed:
John O. Kollie
 Director and LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” Moderator
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Monrovia, Liberia—Wednesday June 5, 2012— The LMDI announces the conduct of the latest and special edition of its outdoor media and community outreach blended interactive forum, “THE DIALOGUE” in partnership with the Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF), a Liberian civil society organization working on issues of social justice and community empowerment.
The forum takes place  in Voinjama Lofa County and will focus on the involvement or participation of the Civil Society in the 2030 National Visioning exercise.
With support from TRUST AFRICA, through the RIGHTS & RICE FOUNDATION, the LMDI “DIALOGUE” and RIGHTS & RICE will bring together Civil Society Organizations Community Based Organizations and local county authorities at the Lofa County Hall in Voinjama City on Thursday June 7.
The participants and lead discussants referred to on the “DIALOGUE” as Guest Panelists will exchange views on the level of participation of the Liberian society in general in the National visioning exercise. The exchange will seek to find out whether the civil society especially at local levels has been at all involved in the vision 2030 exercise.
The Voinjama special edition of  “THE DIALOGUE” expects to feature Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh, Superintendent, Galakpai Kortemai and RIGTHS & RICE FOUNDATION Director, James Yarsiah as lead guest panelists. They are expected to be joined via telephone by Vision 2030 Steering Committee Chairman, Dr. Togbah Nah Tipoteh.
The Voinjama gathering is a part of a TRUST AFRICA sponsored democracy and governance promotion project of the RIGHTS & RICE FOUNDATION (RRF) partnering with the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) through its interactive community and media forum, “THE DIALOGUE”. As ever, deliberations from the Voinjama forum will be recorded, scripted, produced and subsequently broadcast on the LMDI’s partner network 45 National and Rural Community Radios across Liberia.
THE LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” SEEKS SUPPORT TO CONTINUE ITS DEMOCRACY RELATED WORK IN LIBERIA.  THE DIALOGUE IS PROUDLY IN ASSOCIATION WITH LONE STAR CELL MTN, DIALOGING FOR PEACE DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT IN LIBERIA Signed: John O. Kollie  Director and LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” Moderator
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