Liberia

Once one of the most stable and prosperous nations in Africa, Liberia was devastated by two decades of civil war which killed almost ten percent of the population and more than halved the size of the economy. But in 2005 free and fair elections brought Africa's first female Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, into office.

We began supporting the Liberian government in 2009. Our Patron Tony Blair provides support at a political level, while our team within government providing practical support to the government to help them grow the economy and reduce poverty. Initially, the team was based within the Office of the President, strengthening coordination, planning and prioritisation. After President Sirleaf was re-elected in November 2011, we supported the government’s 150 day Action Plan– which included building critical road projects, setting up a vocational training college and kicking off the renovation of the Freeport of Monrovia.

More recently, we are proud to have worked with them to help contain and eradicate Ebola. Effective coordination is especially important in a time of crisis, we helped the government to put in place systems to help them respond effectively to Ebola. Our team continues to live and work in Liberia, supporting their Liberian colleagues to help the country recover and rebuild. 

I want to thank the members of the AGI team because they've worked so well with our staff to achieve better results, not only for the presidency but because a well performing presidency enhances the work of all our ministries
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Highlights

Only just over 1% of Liberians have electricity - find out how AGI is supporting the government to change this.
In Liberia the government has a vital role to play in lifting constraints on the job-creating private sector and in kick starting job-creating industries, an important part of its plan to reduce poverty.
AGI has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Liberian Government to help tackle the Ebola crisis.
Find out how we worked with Liberian public servants to help get the Ebola crisis under control and to plan for a post-crisis recovery.

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Four times more people in Monrovia will get electricity once Mount Coffee hydro dam is complete.

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Training scholarships were provided for young people as part of President's 150 day plan.

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Hundreds of kilometres of road and bridges have been built and repaired with our support.

AGI In Action

Jul 2015

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Rupert Simons, former Country Head of AGI's Liberia project, tells us what it was like to work as an advisor in the President’s office and how AGI helped to get Monrovia's runway repairs on track.
16th July 2015
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Only just over 1% of Liberians have electricity - find out how AGI is supporting the government to change this.
14th July 2015
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See inside the heart of the Ebola response and find out what lessons we learned while supporting the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to manage the crisis.
10th July 2015
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In Liberia the government has a vital role to play in lifting constraints on the job-creating private sector and in kick starting job-creating industries, an important part of its plan to reduce poverty.
7th July 2015

Jun 2015

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The leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have played a crucial role in fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. State of Emergency: how government fought Ebola, a new report from AGI, looks at the challenges faced by the people at the heart of the response in these three countries, and how they have overcome them.
25th June 2015
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98% of the people power required to get on top of Ebola in West Africa was found locally says our new report: t.co/qJnDiqVaHN

25th June 2015
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Read Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in our report ‘State of Emergency: How government fought Ebola’ published today: t.co/woAi5fad02

25th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola - Part 5: Be flexible

17th June 2015
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Working through government paid off during #Ebola outbreak, some lessons from @cblatts @WorldBankAfrica #globaldev t.co/gP3ob89yUz

16th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 4 - This is not OUR response

15th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 3 - Get the systems right

14th June 2015
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Who are these people & what do they do? @independent take a trip with @tonyblairoffice to look at AGI’s work on Ebola t.co/ifjZl3b8jt

13th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 2 - Don’t go it alone

13th June 2015