GoL/UNDP to Sign US$5.5m Decentralization Agreement With EUAug 1, 2014
The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will on Monday August 4, jointly sign a contribution agreement of US$5.5m dollars (euro4.5m) with the European Union (EU).
The Agreement targets decentralization, which is central to governance reforms, peace building and reconciliation, as well as poverty reduction programs in Liberia.
The contribution from the EU forms part of a USD$27million dollars five- year Liberia Decentralization Support Programme (LDSP) funded by the European Union (EU), UNDP, Government of Liberia and the Swedish International Agency (SIDA).
The LDSP supports the implementation of the decentralization policy in Liberia in promoting participatory local governance, strengthened sustainable political harmony, inclusive socio-economic growth and rights-based and gender responsive development.
During the signing ceremony, which takes place at the Ministry of Internal Affairs at 2:00pm, the Minister of Internal Affairs Morris Dukuly will sign on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici and UNDP Resident Representative Antonio Vigilante will sign on behalf of their respective Institutions.
The five-year Decentralization Program which is fully aligned with Liberia’s National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance and the Liberia Decentralization Implementation Plan (LDIP is aimed at delivering to the Liberian people, an improved system of governance that is more localized and more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all citizens.
As a successor to the Liberia Decentralization and Local Development (LDLD) project, the LDS Program also seeks to support the decentralization of political, administrative and fiscal governance in Liberia, by ensuring responsive and capable and accountable local governments, developing and strengthening local level planning, monitoring and management capacity.