Challenges of Civil Society in Promoting Democratic Governance: A Case Study of the Foundation for Democracy in Liberia (FDL)

D. Siaffa Dennis Morris (
Governance, Humanities ans Social Sciences, Pan African University (PAU)
November, 2015
I`m three-nine years old and a Liberian citizen. I`m married with three living children. I come from Boiwen town, Deweion district, Bomi County, Liberia.

I`m a holder of BBA degree from the University of Liberia (UL), MTHP from the Redeemed Christian Bible College and a holder of a MSc in Governance and Regional Integration, from the Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, Pan African University.


The emergence of civil society actors as a significant voice is considered by many to be one of the major new developments in institutional relations over the past century. The proliferation of these organizations can be seen as a reaction to the failure of governments to respond effectively to cross-cutting problems related to the people’s wellbeing and a feeling of solidarity in the face of common aids threats. In the quest of promoting a democratic society which will adequately meet up with the liberties of the people, civil societies are rather retrograding from their fundamental quest. It is to this that we want to find out; what are the challenges faced by democratically oriented civil societies in contributing to the democratization process in Liberia?
In a bid to attain the interest of our work we held on research design, population as we proceeded with sample and sampling technics, data collection and analyses which permitted us to reach the real impact civil societies activities on the population likewise their relation with the government and as such seeing the perception the people hold on civil society organizations thus determining why the lapses and how they can possibly be ameliorated. Considering the scientific quest of the work, the structural functionalist theory and the social contract theories were used to determine the relation and behavioral determinants in the society.
Our work held that the challenges civil society organizations are facing are external to them and at the same time inherent to them as the environment and individuals characterizing it are animated by diverse interests. It is with this that in an urge to under mind the peoples plight a real synergy must be reached between civil societies and stake holders, political structures and foreign stake holders which must hold on transparency and accountability.