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The Sustainable Development Institute's vision is that natural resource management in Liberia involves the participation of local inhabitants, is transparent and accountable and provides equitable benefits for present and future generations.

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We work on a range of cross-cutting issues including governance, natural resource management, environment, state and corporate social responsibility, economic and social justice for rural populations and the democratic participation of ordinary people in issues that affect their lives.

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The organisation was founded in 2002 and received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for outstanding environmental achievements in Africa in 2006. Sustainable Development Institute is the Liberian charter of Friends of the Earth, the world’s largest grassroots environmental network.

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SDI takes interns and volunteers to support specific projects. Interns have held both short and long-term positions and have provided assistance across a broad range of programme activities such as carrying out research, community outreach and mobilisation, policy development and advocacy campaigns.

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