Once one of the most stable and prosperous nations in Africa, Liberia was devastated by civil war. But in 2005 Africa's first female Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was elected into office. Today the government is working to secure a more prosperous future for all Liberians.
Our support to the Liberian government began in 2009. We have supported the development of institutional capacity and helped get a number of major infrastructure projects up and running. In 2014 and 2015 we worked with the government to help contain and eradicate Ebola. Now the AGI funded team is working with government officials to help them deliver inclusive growth through infrastructure development, economic diversification through the development of the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, and improving the education system.
Progress is being made. Liberia’s largest hydroelectric power plant is due to produce electricity for the first time this year, since it was destroyed during the war, and major roads are being completed. Plans are in place to develop the cocoa, oil palm, rubber and fish sectors in which the country can compete internationally, to create jobs and support small businesses. In schools, education reforms are focusing on improving learning outcomes for Liberian children and giving the next generation a head start.