We are excited to announce the publication of the Second Issue of the “Disability and Startup Project Newsletter”. The newsletter covers the period January-June, 2019. It is dedicated to sharing progress, success stories of beneficiaries, and an informed editorial all intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Liberia. The newsletter is also part of AIFO’s effort to highlight best practices working with people with disabilities and the meaningful work of the project actors in the concerned project areas. Please follow this link to access the newsletter:DASU Newsletter January-June, 2019_Issue 2

 Many thanks to all those who helped to make this edition a success.  We are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedbacks, comments and suggestions on subsequent editions using the contact address at:  aifoliberia@gmail.com

Watch out for another exciting edition coming up soon!

In this video, AIFO-Liberia Communication and Program Advisor, Luther Mendin shares his thoughts about AIFO along with other representatives and volunteers of AIFO around the world.

In this interview with Publish What You Fund, Silvia Poggioli, Country Director of AIFO-Liberia and Chairperson of the Alliance on Disability shares her experience using International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to find out which donors currently support, or have previously supported work with the disability movement in Liberia. More specifically, she wanted to know if the donor community in Liberia has an interest in disability issues, which NGOs have been funded to carry out work on disability and if there are particular thematic or geographical areas that have been supported.

Please follow this link to read more on the article titled: Does Noisy Data Put IATI Users Off?  to find out more about Silvia’s encounter with the  International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data.

Publish What You Fund is a not for profit organisation that campaigns for aid-transparency, availability and usefulness. Publish What You Fund urges development partners to disclose their aid information regularly and promptly, and in a standardised format that will be comparable with other countries and accessible to all. They support the greater disclosure of aid information in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).


The National Union of Organisations of the Disabled in collaboration with AIFO-Liberia, with technical support from the Alliance on Disability will host a one-day workshop amongst stakeholders and persons with disabilities on Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia.

The workshop will hear from leading experts on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which represents a major development in the field of human rights for persons with disabilities.

The workshop will focus on key elements of the convention and will seek to shift the attention of the Liberian political class and other key stakeholders on the significance of the human rights-based model for disability. The workshop will also share examples of best practices in the application of the Convention at home and abroad. Practical examples from Disabled People Organisations, Government Line ministries and CSOs on policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the convention will also be high on the panel discussion.

Disability rights authority Rachel Kachaje will give her perspective on trending issues related to disabilities and will put forth practical solutions to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of the Liberian society. Rachel is a disability activist with over 25 years of experience in advocating for equal opportunities and equal rights for persons with disabilities in Malawi and around the globe. Rachel is the current chair of Disabled People International and the Secretary of the African Disability Forum. Rachel was also Minister for Disability and Elderly Affairs in Malawi.

The workshop is part of the Disability and Start-up project (DASU), an initiative funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.


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We’re excited to announce the launch of the electronic version of the Disability and Start Up Project (DASU) Newsletter”.

The newsletter which is our maiden edition covers the period July-December, 2018.  It is dedicated to sharing progress, success stories of beneficiaries, and an informed commentary all intended to better the lives of people with disabilities in Liberia. The newsletter is also part of AIFO’s effort to highlight best practices working with people with disabilities and the meaningful work of the project actors in the concerned project areas.

we are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedbacks, comments and suggestions on subsequent editions using the contact address at:  aifoliberia@gmail.com

Many thanks to all those who helped to make this edition a success.

Please follow this link to access the newsletter: DASU Newsletter 2018_Maiden Edition


Watch out for another exciting edition coming up in March, 2019!


Happy festive seasons!

December 3rd, 2018



we are pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the capacity building needs of some Disabled People Organizations in Liberia.

This report is titled “Diagnostic Study on Disabled Peoples’ Organisations and National Union of Organisations of the Disabled”.

The report outlines the desk review process, case studies and a workshop using persons with disabilities to set scenarios for a deliberative process thereby capturing the changing views of people with disabilities as they examine a broad range of capacity building options for self-advancement. The suggestions from persons with disabilities are vibrant to ensure a rapid change in the organisational management of various disabled people organisations across Liberia.

The report is an initiative of the Disability and Startup project (DASU) funded by the Italian Agency for development Cooperation (AICS) which is currently being implemented in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Monrovia respectively. We are thankful to Dr. Sunil Deepak, Technical Consultant at AIFO for the compilation of this report. Special thanks also goes to NUOD, NCD and the project’s registered DPOs for the support.

Please find below two versions of the report: An Easy to Read version as well as the Full Report. Wish you a good read and thanks to everyone for the support in making this report a reality.



If you have any inquiry or recommendations, we would be grateful to receive your input; please write to  aifoliberia@gmail.com


December 3rd, 2018

Distinguished representatives of the Government and diplomatic missions, Esteemed officials and staff of NUOD, NCD and Disabled People Organizations, Fellow colleagues from the Development Community and Intergovernmental organizations, Members of the Media, Persons with Disabilities, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for giving me the chance to speak with you today.

It is a great honor for me to address you on this important occasion to mark world disability day 2018.

Today is the 26th celebration recurring every year on December 3rd, of the International Day of People with Disabilities. Today, all over the world, Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Disabled People Organizations come together to celebrate abilities of people with disabilities. For the past 26th years, the celebration of this day has been an important tool in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

The special occasion is important because it’s when all participants are required to jointly define the prospective of people with disabilities in the coming year. So, I’m very pleased that today, is the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, the National Commission on Disability and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled who are bringing us here to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the national motto ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’.

The national motto echoes this year’s global theme which is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development goals that are envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging to “leave no one behind”. It is critical, therefore, to ensure the full and equitable participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and to create environments which enable such participation.

It is in this regard that the Liberian National Motto of ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’ goes beyond the global theme, by focusing its attention on the need of “creating equitable opportunities” for Persons with Disabilities; to articulate, claim, act upon and enjoy the rights they are entitled to. Creating equitable opportunities, or a Level Playing Field, talks of an equitable society; a society which gives people what they need to enjoy full, participative, contributing and healthy lives. Equity, as opposed to equality, recognize that not everyone in society starts from the same place, as well as that peoples’ needs are different. This will be the flavour of my speech today.

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Luther Sangar Mendin

November 26, 2018




As AIFO-Liberia inaugurates its office ramp project, the European Disability Forum has called on the government of Liberia led by President George Weah to ensure that all public and private buildings are made accessible to persons with disabilities especially those in wheel chairs.

Giampiero Griffo, a board member of the forum said people living with disabilities like any other individual can meaningfully contribute to societal development once they are provided the opportunity and space to showcase their talents. He made the assertion during the dedication of a ramp constructed at the offices of the Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau- Liberia Office in Sinkor, Monrovia.  The ramp was constructed with funding from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation as part of the Disability and Startup project which is currently being implemented in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and the city of Monrovia. Giampiero, who recently visited Liberia as part of an Institutional Training for heads of Disabled People Organisations under the Disability and Startup project said his visit was intended to provide capacity building training to disabled people organisations in other to empower their members.

For her part, the Country Director of AIFO-Liberia, Silvia Poggioli described the dedication of the ramp at her institution as a first step taken to achieve the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. According to her, in the absence of a ramp, persons with disabilities wouldn’t have the opportunity to access her office especially those in wheel chairs and even those using crutches. She also supported the call for government to ensure smooth accessibility of public and private buildings including banks, hospitals, offices, among others.

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Issued on: 26 September 2018

Deadline for Application: 10 October 2018

Qualified persons with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

AIFO Liberia

The “Association Friends of Raoul Follereau” (AIFO) is an Italian non-for-profit organisation who has been present in Liberia since 1997. AIFO-Liberia envisions to offer opportunities for people affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities, women /children and members from vulnerable and marginalized communities to lead a better quality of life. AIFO-Liberia focusses on healthcare, education and economic empowerment to provide a better quality of life and creating large scale positive change. AIFO Liberia is accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia; accreditation number 0094.

Disability and Start Up project

In May 2018 started the project “Disability and Start up. Civil society as protagonist of inclusive development in Liberia” funded by AICS (the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation). The project aims at reinforcing the role of Organisations of People with Disabilities (DPOs) in the socio-economic development processes and in the fulfilment of their rights in Monrovia and in three counties of Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh, in Liberia. It is implemented in partnership with the National Commission on Disabilities and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled, NUOD.

Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR)

An Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR) is planned n the project and will be conducted by selected Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) from the three counties (Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba). EDR will be based on the social model of disability. The selected Persons with Disabilities will be trained as researchers and 12 research themes will be identified related to key life issues and challenges faced by People with Disabilities living in the counties. EDR will be carried out over the next 18 months, and every six weeks there will be one research meeting dedicated to one of the identified themes. The EDR will be advised by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and will be coordinated by an AIFO Guiding Expert in inclusive and emancipatory processes.

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AIFO-Liberia Head Office
19 th Street, Beachside Sinkor, Monrovia
Monrovia, July 24, 2018

The Italian Association Friends of Raoul Follereau, AIFO and partners will on Wednesday, July 25 launch a three-year (2018-2021) project titled: “Disability and Startup-Civil Society as Protagonist of Inclusive Development in Liberia”. The project is being led by AIFO and implemented along with the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled and the National Commission on Disabilities, in Liberia and the University of Florence and RIDS in Italy. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the Liberian Civil Society with focus on Disabled People Organizations to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth processes in Liberia. The project which is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation with a One million and four hundred thousand-dollar grant is meant to enhance the capacity of Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) in economic sustainability, strategic planning, human rights, resource mobilization, and leadership skills, as well as foster inclusion of
persons with disabilities in national development agenda. The project will address organizational capacity building of disabled member organizations and administrative functions of the umbrella organization of people with disabilities, the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled, NUOD, in order to enhance its capacity to lead and coordinate a country-wide citizens’ actions for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and other pro-disability policies and programmes in Liberia.
The project will be implemented in three counties of Liberia namely Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh and in the city of Monrovia. The project will work with county and national AIFO-Liberia.

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