Liberia

Liberia

On August 18, 2013, Liberia commemorated the ten year anniversary of the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The transition from war to peace has brought about substantial progress. Two successive democratic elections have been held, the country’s burgeoning postwar economy is growing at a slow but steady six percent, and the reform of the security sector is near completion. However, Liberia remains a highly fragile democracy.

Government corruption is rampant. The community land protection and management scheme is opaque and fraught with complications. A delayed reconciliation is causing mistrust between citizens and governing political elites. Even though non-governmental organizations remain a critical third party, their efforts and plans are undermined by weak institutional structures and leadership. The recent Ebola outbreak has pushed Liberia’s postwar challenges further to the brink of collapse. Due to the public health emergency imposed by the outbreak, normal operations of government have grounded to a halt and all NGO activities are similarly on hold. In the private sector, there is a rapid decline in economic activities, pushing the economy towards recession.

Before the Ebola outbreak, our core work had been strengthening NGOs to adequately monitor government performance. We have teamed up with ten other organizations and community based partners, with huge networks across the country, implementing a new and innovative cooperation model at the national and local level.

We are working with local communities and partners to address Liberia’s post-war governance challenges and the recent outbreak of Ebola. In July, we played a lead role in coordinating the efforts of over 35 organizations, based in Monrovia and the outlying counties, forming the Civil Society Ebola Response Task Force.

At the national level, we are a member of the Ebola Communication Committee, responsible for spreading news and reports on the epidemic. Other committee members include the American Centers for Disease Control, Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health.

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gender equality

#112

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democracy

#100

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0904_Homepagebanner_dialogue+_EBOLA_03_bg The Cost of Ebola - The Ebola Crisis in West Africa saturated international news over 2014 and 2015. The outbreak has killed thousands of people. Beyond the obvious health and humanitarian concerns, the Ebola Crisis threatened the stability of some already fragile states, recovering from civil wars. Mistrust and poor communication between the […]

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Liberia SIDA project A partnership between Liberia’s institutions and civil society - We are working with seven partner organizations to improve collaboration between civil society and the government of Liberia.
Main banner Engaging Children & Youth as Partners in Preventing Violence - Discover how we're contributing to the eradication of violence against children and youth in West Africa.
LIB Ebola Banner Strengthening Government and International Initiatives to Fight Ebola - The Civil Society Ebola Response Task Force, born in July 2014, is a coalition of more than 35 different organizations based throughout the country and the capital Monrovia. Under our leadership, the coalition produces and distributes messages designed to raise awareness on the disease, prevent violence, promote greater […]

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Country Director
Aaron Weah
Email: aweah@sfcg.org
Phone: +231 886 511 205

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