Liberia at a Glance
Over the last several decades, Liberia has undergone tremendous social upheaval and political unrest. A military coup in 1980 led to nearly a decade of authoritarian rule, and an invasion by Charles Taylor’s rebel forces, the National Patriotic Front. This culminated in 14 years of civil war from 1989 untill 2003, destroying Liberia’s infrastructure and causing massive displacement and a death toll of 200,000.
A peacekeeping mission was lead by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), then taken over by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) re-established stability. The peaceful election in 2005 of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa, began a new era for Liberia.
Since then the country has experienced a period of sustained peace and economic growth. However this growth has not reached the majority of the country. The government remains incapable of providing basic services to the population, due to a lack of financial and human resources, and the ongoing, widespread corruption.
The country still suffers from the legacy of the civil war; with poor health, education and economic conditions, a low life expectancy and high mortality rate. However, recent years have seen the country’s economy strengthened as slowly reinvestment and infrastructure improves. There remain many obstacles before the country can achieve its coveted middle economic status, and hence, there is still immense need for development initiatives.
Information from US State Department's country profile.http://www.state.gov/countries
Africa Development Corps in Liberia
Africa Development Corps (ADC) has been active in Liberia since 2002 initially providing adult literacy programs and night-time safety patrol for locals affected by the widespread conflict. In 2005, efforts greatly expanded to include programs in education, livelihoods, agriculture and construction.
ADC Liberia is also in a unique position to facilitate our donors’ wishes with our ten years of dedication to Liberian development and high percentage of Liberian national staff that have longstanding professional relationships with the Government of Liberia (GOL), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Education (MoE) and local community organizations.
From the early planning stages of project design and throughout the implementation and project conclusion, ADC collaborates closely with these local partners to ensure a sense of ownership. In doing so, our counterparts understand their role as stakeholders in the project as opposed to simply recipients of support. As the projects develop and become realized, partners will assume more responsibility, foreshadowing the drawdown of NGO implementation and a full transition to Government of Liberia initiatives.
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