Search for Common Ground in Liberia (SFCG) was established in 1997 to support the elections process. Since that time, SFCG and its media production studio Talking Drum Studio have grown into a household name. As the country has experienced another period of conflict, and then finally transitioned from violence into peace, SFCG has supported the process with public information, dialogue, community outreach and capacity building.
SFCG’s principal tools - Media and Community Outreach - work hand-in-hand in Liberia. Informed by issue mapping, surveying, and other research techniques, SFCG scans for potential conflict issues and flashpoints and intentionally engages around these themes to foster dialogue and a constructive search for solutions while reducing tensions and rhetoric. Issues introduced through the media are addressed in depth through community-level engagement, and community-driven activities are given national attention through media coverage. This integrated, synergistic approach enables SFCG to achieve a breadth and depth of impact that would not be possible working at one level—national or local—alone.
SFCG is working towards an overall goal of strengthening participation and inclusion to consolidate peace in Liberia. Efforts focus on four priority thematic areas, identified during a strategic session with staff as well as key operational partners, and include: Accountability and Transparency, Leadership, Youth Engagement, and Identity/Ethnicity. All of SFCG’s radio programmes and outreach activities address one of these issues, strengthening the overall results through this coordination and emphasis.
Liberian Youth: A Call for Engagement
Read about our recent collaboration in a youth engagement study.
SFCG Chairs the Elections Coordinating Committee
Read the latest press release:
The ECC commends Liberians for the courage to turn out to vote in the Tuesday November 8, 2011 run-off election: pdf
Read the Latest Liberia Update
Stay up to date with news and achievements in SFCG programming.
English: pdf | Archive
Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Liberia: A case study of the Liberian National Police (March 2011)
Evaluations examine if programs are in accordance with objectives, mission, and long term goals of the country office.