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

Looking back at a year of election observation

Liberia, Kyrgyzstan and Honduras. Kenya, Kosovo and Nepal. Those are just a handful of the countries that have held elections during 2017, to which FBA has deployed election observers. “It has been an exciting year. And 2018 looks just as interesting, with forthcoming elections in Russia, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, only to name a few”, says Maja Tjernström who works with election observation at FBA.

2017-12-22 14:37

Read our publications

Image description

Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
Han Dorussen, Marian de Vooght
Year:
2018

IN THE FIELD

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18
Photo

Eldridge Adolfo

Eldridge Adolfo is expert on South Sudan, Colombia, Sierra Leone and preventive diplomacy

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

Twitter