U.S. to Support Pro-Poor Agenda with U$112 M in Aid

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According to the statement, signed in Monrovia by the United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder (left), President George Weah, both countries will continue to work to fulfill the responsibilities they have assumed in connection with their collaborative efforts.

The Government of the United States has announced its intention to support Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda, with a planned budget of approximately U$112 million for the 2018 fiscal year.

The planned support for Liberia was announced in a Joint Statement of Collaboration between the Governments of Liberia and the United States and released on Thursday, December 13.

Both countries expressed their intention “to actively collaborate in exploring the most sustainable ways to achieve the inclusive growth goals of Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda.”

In particular, the United States, acting through its Agency for International Development (USAID), will seek to help Liberia effectively and transparently manage its journey to self-reliance.

In that connection, USAID intends to use its assistance to Liberia to prioritize inclusive economic development as the fundamental driver of change in Liberia.  USAID also intends to pursue interventions in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and democracy and governance.

The Government of Liberia expressed its intention to utilize development assistance as a tool for transforming Liberia as it moves forward on its journey to self-reliance.

As part of that effort, the Liberian government is committed to, among other things, institute policy reforms necessary for broad-based private sector led-growth; more effective and accountable governance and improved health and education for Liberians.

According to the statement, signed in Monrovia by President George Weah and the United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder, both countries will continue to work to fulfill the responsibilities they have assumed in connection with their collaborative efforts.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Madame Ambassador, can you name one country that has actually risen out of poverty by receiving aid from anyone?? Just one.

  2. “Collaborative efforts”. Not one side, Liberia nor United States bearing full power of the amount. Stand and sit like we as Liberians have human and natural resources to trade with the American people or any other people. What connection do we have to warrant this amount as a guarantee that the right owners will get the benefits infused by USAID? Let us realize its planned implementation without intruding on the direction of its owners; Liberian – United States relationship. With such methodology, misused funds will carry some accountability.
    Tell Liberians. Not this box.
    Gone to silent majority.

  3. 112 million US dollars in aid for Liberia from the US government through the USAID is a declined in aid to that country from the US as compared to previous years and under the Sirleaf regime. This is a big decline in aid from the US government . This could be due to many factors as the Trump administration has sliced the the United States foreign aid package to the State Department . Then again , this could just be a response from the US to the refusal of that country to reform. Infact most international assistance to Liberia in foreign aid has been sliced, while many countries like the US government still promising commitment to the development of that country. In all , Liberia has become its very own created worse enemy in the face of poverty and lacking in infrastructural developments . That nation has now started to see and feel the impact in declining aid due to its unwillingness to reform. This is not a direct aid package to the Liberian government. This is a managed aid package to the government through the USAID.

    • I think you’re right about why there is a decline in Aid from the US, but it started towards the end of Ellen’s term. The government definitely needs to reform and get VERY serious about properly managing its own resources to encourage more support from other countries. They can’t keep lavishing their own resources while begging for help from wealthy countries. Also, the United States government doesn’t provide direct budget support to the Liberian government.

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