Liberia

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

Our guest bloggers today are Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab and Nora Rahimian, an organiser who uses the power of music to effect change. “If we don’t speak up against the ills in society, who will?” asks Takun J, Liberia’s Hip Co King, in front of thousands of screaming fans at a concert in Monrovia. He…

Photo story: Why paper can be the key to a farmer’s success

For farmers around the world, a single piece of paper – their land deed – may be the most important tool they could ever have. It’s proof that the land they farm is legally theirs. Pressure from companies that want to acquire fertile land, laws that exclude women as rightful owners, and  conflict displacement are…

How one Liberian woman flipped my perception of farming on its head

As ONE’s Global Health Policy Director, I have a confession to make that may not surprise you: of all the issues we work on, I am seriously biased in favour of global health. Sure, I can acknowledge that health can’t exist in a vacuum, and that the other issues are equally important for a country’s…

ONE Member Meet Up: Monrovia

Earlier this week, ONE met up with 30 of our Liberian members in Monrovia at a local watering hole called Tides, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. As I reported earlier, we have been in Monrovia the past week to engage the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 MDGs (HLP) during their meetings and consultations. We…

2011 Nobel Peace Prize announced

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced earlier today that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s…

Debt Relief for Liberia

A couple weeks ago we announced the great news that Liberia had reached Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) completion point. For countries with a lot of international debt, the HIPC process offers a means to debt cancellation from multilateral organizations by undertaking major and difficult reforms to improve country economic and financial systems. Liberia started…

Liberia retold

This week I went along to the London launch of a new book called “Long story bit by bit: Liberia Retold”. Tim Hetherington is a British photographer who now works for Vanity Fair magazine based in New York. In 2003 he travelled behind rebel lines in Liberia as the country’s civil war was coming to…

Liberia Slashes its Debt with Historic Buyback Deal!

Liberia bought back $1.2 billion in debt today at a 97% discount, “the steepest ever negotiated on developing country commercial debt.” From the World Bank: “The deal was concluded with the payment of $38 million to retire 25 outstanding commercial claims. The World Bank contributed half of this money through the International Development Association (IDA)…

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: Aid is working

Today the Washington Post is running a great op-ed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. In the piece, the President talks about how the financial crisis threatens Africa’s turnaround and she also weighs in on how development assistance – along with stronger African leadership and better governance — has contributed to important progress in Africa…

Liberia’s Debt and the IMF in the News

Development expert Steve Radelet wrote an important piece on the state of debt relief in Liberia on Nicholas Kristof’s NYT blog earlier this month. Radelet writes: “Liberia is beginning to rebound from its devastating civil war and the monstrous incompetence of [the country's former Presidents] Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor that nearly destroyed the country.…

Follow the Money! Where Will Liberia’s Debt Relief Go?

Thank you again for all the work you all have done to help move Liberia’s debt cancellation forward. There have been some questions about the future use of this debt cancellation money. I want to provide with you some facts and figures. First, in order to qualify for the HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) debt…

Good News on Liberia!

To all, The IMF has finally come up with its financing arrangements, after 18 months of pushing and prodding. This is not yet debt relief – it just allows Liberia to now (!!) start the process. But is the big first step. Thanks to all. You folks really were a big piece of this. It…