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 deliver practical support to the government to help them grow the economy and reduce poverty. Initially, our team was based within the Office of the President, working to strengthen coordination, planning and prioritisation capacity. 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 the government 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 our Liberian colleagues to deliver inclusive growth through infrastructure development, education and the development of agriculture and manufacturing.