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About Us

John Yedeba Brownell – Deputy Executive Director for Programs & Implementation

AEDE is a Liberian non-profit development agency, incorporated in the Republic of Liberia in 2006 to:

• Promote Peace, Unity and Development
• Foster Decentralized National Development
• Advocate Social Justice
• Serve as a bridge for Economic Development and Empowerment programs at the community level
• Design and implement income generating projects for rural inhabitants, especially women and girls.

Professional Staff

AEDE has six full-time staff, many of whom represents a broad spectrum of expertise from change management and training to the management of external assistance programs, research, surveys, macro-economic policy, financial sector reviews, commercial and investment banking, structural reform programs, as well as private sector development. There is also access to subject matter consultants with a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience.


Our philosophy is that the best way to assist people is to teach them to fish rather than to give them a fish each day. In other words, we believe that it is better to empower grassroots communities to sustainably fend for themselves than to create a dependency on handouts. We believe that the best way to do this is by working with them through a participatory process to elicit their views and vision concerning the most critical needs and development priorities of their communities, businesses or social enterprises. This approach generates commitment or “buy in” to the processes leading to the achievement of the agreed upon objectives of the grassroots groups and fosters cooperation from them.

The Vision

Envisioning a Peaceful and Prosperous Liberia, free of poverty and injustice for the provision of economic development services.

Mission Statement

To empower grass root communities economically and socially through sustainable economic development initiatives.