As part of its efforts to increase accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in sub-national government in Liberia, USAID-LEGIT has conducted a three-day capacity building training in Ganta, Nimba County. The capacity-building program kicked off in Ganta on Monday, September 4, and brought together participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ganta City Corporation (GCC), and mayors from various cities, the disabled, youth and community service organizations, county service centers, county administrations and others.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel Z. Clarke, a proxy for the Superintendent of Nimba County, welcomed the participants to the city of Ganta and encouraged them to take advantage of the training. He applauded USAID-LEGIT for their efforts in helping to take decentralization to local authorities. The USAID-LEGIT senior government advisor, Mr. Straven H. Willie, discussed the need to strengthen county governments in order to enhance their capacity in local governance and to strengthen city authorities to be adequately equipped to provide quality services to city residents. He also emphasized the important contributions of civil society and community-based organizations through their advocacies for quality county and city services.
During the training, participants learned how to develop a County Service Charter to provide the kinds of services that the county offers. The County Service Charter is a public declaration where service providers and service users commit themselves to effective service delivery. The training ended on September 6 with the development of the first ever County Service Charter.
Meanwhile, a similar initiative will be conducted in Bong and Grand Gedeh counties.