Liberia post-Ebola – FBA an important contributor to Sweden’s development cooperation strategy

The Swedish government has decided upon a new development cooperation strategy with Liberia 2016-2020. FBA has been commissioned to contribute to peace-building and state-building in Liberia.

In March 2014 both the FBA and Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, submitted proposals to the Swedish government concerning Sweden’s new development cooperation strategy with Liberia. Shortly thereafter the Ebola epidemic spread across the nation, which was severely afflicted with at least 10.000 confirmed infected patients; the real figure probably being far higher.

In June 2015 the FBA and Sida submitted revised proposals in the light of the new situation in Liberia – and now the Swedish government has decided upon the development cooperation strategy.

­– The FBA is commissioned to contribute to sustainable state-building and peace-building in Liberia for the coming years. In cooperation with the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Sida and other actors we will work in order to strengthen security, democracy and human rights in Liberia, Lisa Ljungström says.

Lisa is project manager at the FBA, responsible for the FBA engagement in Liberia, a nation recently ravaged by bloody civil wars. After the peace agreement in 2003 the UN mission UNMIL was established in order to support the Liberian government in its work for peace and stability. The FBA has had personnel on secondment to the Swedish Embassy in Liberia, and to UNMIL and the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Liberia; personnel mainly focused on issues concerning peace-building and state-building.

– Since the peace agreement in 2003, Liberia has taken important steps towards a peaceful and democratic society, and there are now cutbacks in UNMIL. But the Ebola outbreak highlighted problems such as corruption, weak state institutions and a lack of trust in public administration. The Liberian government’s plan for the nation post-Ebola is focused on recovery and the building of a more resilient state. It is a complement to the nation’s plan for poverty reduction. With the new Swedish development cooperation strategy FBA can support those processes, Lisa says.

Sweden’s development cooperation strategy with Liberia is based upon a rights perspective and the impoverished population’s perspective on development. Environmental and climate issues, gender equality and a conflict perspective are also integrated into the strategy.

The FBA’s activities within the realm of the strategy aim to strengthen an inclusive Liberian reconciliation process, and increase the application of democratic principles and human rights in the security sector, for example through bolstering civilian and parliamentary control over the security sector. Another priority is to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public administration. The FBA will focus on capacity-enhancing support, such as education and training, secondments, method development and policy support. A total of 30 million SEK from the Swedish development cooperation budget is allocated to the FBA’s assignment in Liberia until 2020.

– Sweden is already an important actor in Liberia, being one of the largest bilateral donors and contributing nations to UNMIL, chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission Country Configuration for Liberia, and a partner to Liberia within the framework of New Deal. Sweden’s new development cooperation strategy with Liberia further strengthens this role, and at FBA we are very proud to be part of the strategy which is now to be operationalized, Lisa says.

Read more

During 2015 the FBA was commissioned to contribute to one of Sweden’s development cooperation strategies for the first time; the strategy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click here to read more.

MORE FROM HOME

Counterterrorism key to EU’s work for peace, security and development

On 11 March 2004, in the middle of rush hour, commuter trains explode at three stations in the Spanish capital Madrid. The bombings caused 2,000 wounded and 191 dead in the worst attack that has occurred in Europe in peacetime. The following year the EU adopts a strategy to combat terror.

2020-03-24 08:00

IN THE FIELD

Read our publications

Image description

An Introduction to Human Rights and Security Sector Reform

Successful security sector reform (SSR) must be guided by the understanding of people as rights-holders and the state, including core security actors, as duty-bearers in providing security as a service to the people.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA
Year:
2020

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Maria Chalhoub

    Covid-19, a mechanism for conflict resolution?

    Barely a month has passed since the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic. Yet, we are already looking at a case tally of some 1 million globally, among them no less than 55 000 deaths.

    For those of us in the conflict resolution industry, we worry not only about those conflict-ridded societies that have no infrastructure or means to cope with the outbreak, but about the potential shifting of international priorities, away from ... Read entire post »

    2020-04-06 12:23
  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    ‘May you live in interesting times – in Ukraine’

    Almost six months ago I wrote about the prospects for reform in Ukraine following the decisive election of a new president and parliament, driven by the desire of the voting public for major reform and stabilization of a country still involved in an ongoing conflict.

    Since then, the new government has frequently been tested by complex challenges at home and abroad, testing its endurance while already challenged with the immense task of reforming and restoring public trust ... Read entire post »

    2020-03-04 18:03
  • Posted by Jessica Rothman

    Peace-making and cheese-making in Georgia

    Exactly ten years had passed since I last worked in Georgia, when I returned for my deployment to the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), in the country that has a special place in my heart. I arrived with so much curiosity and excitement, wondering how Georgia had developed and recovered after the war in 2008. The first thing that struck me was the condition of the cars, where were all the dilapidated Ladas and Volgas that used ... Read entire post »

    2019-12-05 11:19
Photo

Saba Nowzari

Saba Nowzari is expert on Mali, the Middle East and women, peace and security

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

Photo

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter