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Revenue Watch Institute;
Provides an overview of the Liberian government's negotiations to amend its two largest concession agreements, their outcomes, the elements of success, and recommendations for improving the process and institutionalizing and harmonizing those practices.
This paper investigates how people created, adapted and used social capital and conflict resolution during more than a decade of violent conflict in Liberia, and the potential of such capital to contribute to post-conflict peace building and self-governance.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases;
The West African Ebola epidemic has demonstrated that the existing range of medical and epidemiological responses to emerging disease outbreaks is insufficient, especially in post-conflict contexts with exceedingly poor healthcare infrastructures. This study provides baseline information on community-based epidemic control priorities and identifies innovative local strategies for containing EVD in Liberia.In this study the authors analyzed data from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Monrovia and Montserrado County, Liberia. The data were collected for the purposes of program design and evaluation by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Liberia (GOL), in order to identify: (1) local knowledge about EVD, (2) local responses to the outbreak, and (3) community based innovations to contain the virus. At the time of data collection, the international Ebola response had little insight into how much local Liberian communities knew about Ebola, and how communities managed the epidemic when they could not get access to care due to widespread hospital and clinic closures. Methods included 15 focus group discussions with community leaders from areas with active Ebola cases. Participants were asked about best practices and what they were currently doing to manage EVD in their respective communities, with the goal of developing conceptual models of local responses informed by local narratives. Findings reveal that communities responded to the outbreak in numerous ways that both supported and discouraged formal efforts to contain the spread of the disease. This research will inform global health policy for both this, and future, epidemic and pandemic responses.
In 2007, the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare released the Nati onal Health Policy and Nati onal Health Plan for 2007 to 2011, although it remains in use as of 2012. The Policy explains the government's vision for health care service in Liberia, and the Plan outlines strategies for realizing this vision. This policy brief summarizes the secti ons of the Policy and Plan that are most relevant to adolescent girls.
In 2009, the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development (MoGD) issued the Nati onal Gender Policy (NGP). This brief summarizes the sections of the policy that are most relevant to adolescent girls.
In 2005, the Liberian Ministry of Educati on (MoE) issued the National Policy on Girls' Educati on. This brief summarizes the sections of the policy that are most relevant to adolescent girls.
In 2006, the Ministry of Foreign Aff airs released "An Act to Amend the New Penal Code Chapter 14 Secti ons 14.70 and 14.71 and to Provide for Gang Rape," which was approved by the Nati onal Assembly in 2005. This policy brief summarizes that law as it relates to adolescent girls.
In 2011, the Liberian Senate passed the Children's Act of 2011, and in 2012 the President signed it into law. This policy brief summarizes the secti ons of the law that are most relevant to adolescent girls.
Let Girls Lead;
This case study examines how Let Girls Lead partners HOPE and THINK advocated for passage of the National Children's Law, guaranteeing comprehensive protection for the health, education, and rights of girls and boys in Liberia.
The 'Raising Poor and Marginalised Women's Voices in Liberia' project is part Oxfam's global Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme, which seeks to promote the rights and capacity of poor women to engage effectively in governance at all levels through increased voice and influence and more effective institutional accountability. Oxfam Liberia, with two local partners, Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) and Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), has been working to support the establishment of a vibrant coalition for poor and marginalised women in eight counties and encourage more responsive governance through greater compliance with the African Women's Rights Protocol. This report documents the findings of a qualitative impact evaluation, completed in April 2012, which used process tracing to assess the effectiveness of the project at increasing government's responsiveness to women's concerns, and decreasing incidence of gender based violence (GBV) and rape.
Oxfam GB implemented an integrated public health programme in Monrovia funded by ECHO and targeting cholera ‘hot spot’ communities in: urban slums (West Point and Clara Town); IDP camps (Soul Clinic and Mount Barclay); and host communities near the IDP camps. The programme ran from 2003 to 2007. A mid-term evaluation has been carried out by two advisers from the Humanitarian department using a participatory approach, which involved the national team. The review has assessed the effectiveness of ECHO's proposal, which stated: Targeted communities in two districts and two IDP camps in urban Monrovia have access and availability of water and sanitation facilities and are able to take action to protect themselves against protection and public health risks.
Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services;
This research report examines the differing impacts of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia on women, men, girls and boys. Focusing on the areas of agriculture and livelihoods; gender-based violence; access to health services; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), it looks at women's involvement in the national response to the outbreak, as well as community coping strategies. The report finds that women were disproportionately affected by the outbreak, and that gender, disability and geographical location were the most important factors in determining how people were impacted by the crisis. Women in rural areas were found to have particularly suffered.The research report draws conclusions regarding how the Liberian government, NGOs and civil society might improve the ongoing national response, including increasing the participation of women and broadening their education and skills.