Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy Report

15 Feb 2012
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Summary

This report assesses the design, implementation, and effectiveness of Liberia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy—Lift Liberia—over the years 2008-2011, specifically the  three fiscal years from July 2008 to December 2011.

Highlights

  • One interpretation that reconciles the Stakeholders Survey with the police reports is that actual occurrence of crime was falling, but trust in the police was rising faster.
  • Although GDP growth declined from 7.1 percent in 2008 to 4.6 percent in 2009, due to the international economic crisis, it rebounded to 5.6 percent in 2010 and a 7 percent growth is projected in 2011.
  • The country eliminated most of its external debt with the successful completion of the HIPC program.
  • The newly developed Essential Package of Health Service plan now has a very strong nutrition component with a focus to reduce chronic malnutrition in children below two years of age.

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