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Research for Inclusive Growth & Development

We are working to create a pool of academic researchers, policymakers and development technocrats, and implementers to promote evidence-based decision-making for inclusive development through high-quality research, policy engagements, and advocacy in Liberia and the MRU.

The people of the Republic of Liberia are struggling to rebuild their livelihoods in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, an Ebola disease outbreak, COVID 19 pandemic, and decades of autocratic mismanagement and neglect. Despite an abundance of natural resources and a relatively small population of five (5) million people, Liberia is caught in a vicious cycle of poverty and conflict. Besides, the West African nation also faces multiple challenges, including high inflation, growing inequalities, persistent gender gaps, and mounting pressures to boost young people’s economic opportunities, rising foreign debt,  import dependency and acute poverty, which continue to slow economic growth. These situations have reduced fiscal space for essential service delivery and achievement of  the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Promoting Inclusive Development Through Public-Private-Civil Society Partnerships

Dr. Isaac P. Podah heads VOSIEDA’s Research for Inclusive Growth & Development Program and works to foster inclusive economic development in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region. We are developing a platform for a pool of academics, development practitioners, policymakers, and implementers to promote evidence-based decision-making for inclusive growth through high-quality research and policy engagement and advocacy. There is growing acknowledgment that sustainable solutions cannot come from government, civil society, or the private sector alone. Pioneering approaches nuzzled within public-private-civil society partnerships are crucial. Our work aims to provide concrete examples to national and regional governments and other stakeholders. 

Our Areas

Inclusive growth and development Research

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Accelerating economic growth while achieving broad-based progress in the living standards of ordinary Liberians and the local population across West Africa's Mano River Basin region has become a key development priority in recent years. There are growing inequalities, persistent gender gaps, acute poverty, relentless epidemics outbreaks, intensifying civic tensions, and mounting pressures to boost economic opportunities, to name a few. Nerveless, there is growing recognition that sustainable solutions cannot come from government, civil society, or the private sector alone. Innovative approaches snuggled within public-private-civil society partnerships are needed. Our Inclusive Growth and Development Research Program is working to create a pool of academics, development practitioners, policymakers, and implementers to stimulate evidence-based decision-making for inclusive growth and development. We undertake quality research, policy engagements, and advocacy.

Training and Capacity Development

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Evidence from research and the work of several organizations in Liberia and the Mano River Basin region show that development efforts being shuffled by severe capacity deficits often in the form of a shortage of critical skills and deficits in leadership, inhibiting mindsets and weak institutions. The subregion needs improved governance to succeed with its ambition for transformation. However, this vision can only be achieved by covering the vast skills deficit in governance or public policymaking, for example. Our Capacity Building for Inclusive Growth & Development program works with governments, civil societies, the private sector and academia, communities, etc. We build capacity, develop skills and competencies to empower stakeholders to take greater control of their own lives, and contribute to inclusive local development.

Multi-stakeholders Partnership and Engagements

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We believe development benefits are not reaching large segments of Liberia and the Mano River Basin region. Because of widespread inequality, the exclusive focus on growth is not enough to end poverty. Our Multi-stakeholders Partnership and Engagements for Inclusive Development promote effective development co-operation through inclusive partnerships between governments, civil society, and businesses. We are taking diverse approaches to inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower the public through different multi-stakeholders’ partnership and engagement models, focusing on engaging historically marginalized groups as critical to informing local and national priorities. We are working to empower those most at risk of being left behind to participate in national and regional development initiatives actively.

Our Research Team

Isaac P. Podah, PhD

Programme Coordinator & Senior Researcher

Sarah Williams, MSc.

Researcher

Uriah Bailey, Msc.

Assistant Programme Coordinator & Junior Researcher

Ongoing Research Projects