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.