The Ministry of Internal Affairs and USAID Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) have signed an in-kind grant valued at US$47,000.
The grant is expected to fund the training and capacity development of at least 25 staffs at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in monitoring and evaluation, who will serve as training officers and Monitoring & Evaluation technicians to track and monitor the progress of the Liberia Decentralization Support Program through the Local Government Act.
According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, USAID-LEGIT will hire an agency to provide the training, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs will provide the requisite staffs and office space for the trainees.
During the signing ceremony, Minister Varney A. Sirleaf, of the Ministry of Internal Affairs lauded the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American people for their kind gesture. He expressed optimism that the training will help strengthen the devolution of power to the local people in various counties as envisioned by President George M. Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
Meanwhile, Mr. Paul J. Kaiser, Chief of Party, for the USAID Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) thanked the Minister for presenting a “Strong Grant Proposal.”
He noted that even though there have been lots of monitoring mechanisms put in place during the course of the implementation of the Decentralization Program, more need to be done in order to expand communication pro-actively in moving the president’s agenda forward.
He said that the grant was a confirmation of the special relationship the people of Liberia and the American people have shared over the years.