LIBERIA: Stakeholders endorse UNDP’s green and inclusive growth portfolio

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Key national partners from government, civil society and the private sector as well as donors have endorsed UNDP’s Green and Inclusive Growth Portfolio in Liberia, which aims to support the Government of Liberia to deliver private sector-led growth promoting greater inclusion of youth, women and marginalized groups, while leveraging Liberia’s green assets in a sustainable and resilient manner.

The portfolio, which was subject to rigorous context and program analysis, stakeholder consultations, formulation and design, and a vigorous validation process, was approved at a meeting of the Local Project Assessment Committee (LPAC) on July 28, 2022 as a final product.

The meeting was organized by the UNDP Country Office in Liberia in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia.

Stakeholders at the LPAC meeting reconfirmed that the focus should be on engaging communities at the local level, providing opportunities to participate more fully in formal socio-economic and sustainable pathways to drive growth, during the implementation stages of the portfolio.

The overall focus of the GIG is designed to impact growth that is private sector-led with increasing productivity, diversification and innovation, supporting increased inclusion, and is environmentally sustainable and resilient to global shocks. over time.

It complements and builds on existing frameworks and action plans such as the Sustainable Development Goals, AU Agenda 2063, PAPD 2018-2023, UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021, UNDP Country Program for Liberia (2020-2024) and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2020-2024 for Liberia.

This represents renewed efforts to develop an innovative overarching framework to achieve much greater impact by adopting a transformative system and integrated approach that reflects programmatic synergies.

“Using an integrated approach will contribute significantly to the growth of marginalized groups,” said Fohn Toe Gborweah, Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) at the LPAC meeting.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Liberia for the Acting Program, James Monibah, said the portfolio responds to Liberia’s development aspirations by addressing development challenges at policy, systemic, institutional and administrative levels in a sustainable and resilient manner, and leverages partnerships with government and development partners across the range of portfolio initiatives.

“This document represents/reflects the reaffirmation of all the consultations and validation processes that took place during the period to ensure a coordinated approach in addressing the issues of climate change and economic imbalances,” Monibah stressed.

He encouraged stakeholders to engage in resource mobilization to help the program achieve its desired goals and objectives.

Other speakers, including the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Johnson Willabo, and the Executive Director of the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL), Michael Garbo, pledged to work to ensure that the GIG program adopts a multi-stakeholder and multi-faceted approach to breaking down silos and ensuring collaboration, coordination, synergy and coherence.

The GIG portfolio will help strengthen institutions to be more effective, accountable, transparent, inclusive and gender-responsive in delivering essential services, especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

It will also support expanded livelihoods and private sector opportunities, provide sustainable and resilient infrastructure at the local level to reduce household poverty, foster diversified and inclusive economic growth to improve sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture. environment, food security, job creation and climate resilience. changes and natural disasters.

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