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The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) works to transform decision-making processes of natural resource management so the benefits are shared equally. SDI’s work aims to create space for the participation of local communities in decision making processes on natural resources. We work to support and enhance their contributions to those processes and strengthen mechanisms that will ensure that communities receive a fair share of the benefits derived from natural resource exploitation.

SDI’s work is underpinned by three core values and guiding principles which shape our rights based approach and analysis of natural resource management. We strive to work with communities in an empowering way to facilitate their meaningful participation in decisions about natural resources which effect their well being, their livelihoods and their and way of life. Our values and principles are that the rights of people and communities to participate in decisions making processes should be respected at all times; that people and communities should have opportunities to pursue economic, social, cultural and political well being without hindrance by the state; and that the use of natural resources should reflect the well being of future generations.


Dorbor Community

Geography: Dorbor Community is located in Dowein Chiefdom, Central Cee Administrative District in RiverCess County. The local administrative headquarter for Dorbor Community is Garpue Town. Dorbor comprises of ten (10) towns including Vondeh, Powoe, Porkor, Garpue, Sand, Porkpeh, Gbettah, Saykpahyar, Zanway, and Bolazah, and four major villages including King, Make Sure, Zanway, and Gataly. Dorbor has boundaries with Zordyu in Gbarsaw Clan, Barkay in Gbarsaw Clan, Nimba Junction in Dowein Clan, Sand Beach Junction in Teekpeh Clan, Borkon in Teekpeh Clan, Garlalee in Joewein Clan, and Wheh in Joewein Clan.

Demography: Dorbor Community has an estimated population of 2,700 – 1,800 women and 900 men. Women make up 65% of the population while men make up 35% of the population. Bassa is the most widely spoken local dialect. Other dialects spoken in Dorbor Community are Kru, Gio, Kissi, Kpelle, Gola, and Mandingo. Christianity is the most practiced religion.

Livelihoods: The main source of livelihood in Dorbor are farming, fishing, hunting, Pit-sawing, artisanal mining. The women are mostly engaged in farming, fishing, and petty trading, while the men are mostly involved in hunting, pit sawing, and artisanal mining. The community members walk about 4 hours to the nearby market to sell their crops and purchased goods.

Social services and infrastructure: There are three schools in the community. Garpue Town Public School is Junior High School with over 300 hundred students. The community has a clinic that is operated by the government. A second clinic is under construction with funding from the community’s forestry funds. Most of the roads within Dorbor are currently in good condition. The roads were recently rehabilitated by a World Bank project.

Natural resources: Dorbor has a joint Community Forest Management Agreement with Gbarsaw Community. Local community members are doing artisanal mining with in the community.