Liberia is a small country in West Africa with huge natural resources, beautiful coastlines and green hills. However this is not enjoyed by the general public. 63.8 % of the population lives below the poverty line and struggle to survive the day. The 14 year long civil war that raged in the country ended in 2003 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra. During the war about 200.000 people were killed, that is 1 in every 20. Since then the country has made important improvements but many challenges still remain, and so does the scars.
ActionAid in Liberia
Action Aid Liberia has been active in the country since 1997. We started as a cross-border initiative with Action Aid Sierra Leone to help with the large numbers of refugees fleeing from the fighting in both countries. Since then we have developed both in terms of size and approach. We have moved from emergency response to long term development initiatives, with the focus being on strengthening the poor and marginalized to make them claim their own rights. We are working in 8 of the 15 counties, and have about 35.000 direct participants.
In 2013 we launched our first Country Strategy which will guide our work in the next five years. The key areas are:
- Women and Girls Right´s,
- Youth and Urban Poverty
Liberia at a glance
Population 3.9 million
GDP per capita US$700
Life expectancy 56/59 (men/women)
Adult literacy 65%/57% (men/women)