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Pres. Sirleaf Drops Mary Broh - Wants Senate Vet Others
On Thursday August 8th, members of the Liberian Senate were in full gear going through tense legislative debates in the plenary when a shocking communication from President Ellen Johnson, pulled out of the docket of the Senate Secretary, revealed that Madam Mary Broh’s name had been withdrawn from among the nominated names up for confirmation before that august body.
Begging for Pardon Darius Dillon: “I Ask and Seek Forgiveness” of Liberty Party The clock is tilting. The bandwagon of Unity Party’s 12-year voyage as the ruling Party is nearing an anchoring point. And as Liberia’s political culture is, all the squirrels that had jumped on board for red palm nuts abandoning their nests will be seen returning home.
Celebrating the CPA Despite the difficulties of the day, or at least as critics of the current political regime may call it, both supporters and opponents of Government are unanimous in one particular observation: that peace, since 2003, has created the space for personal and collective growth amongst the population and permitted a national discourse for democratic revival and progress.
CDC Plans Major Protest against President, If…   Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC ) headed by its political leader, Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, George Weah, has declared the month of January, 2014 as the beginning of major protests to demand the resignation of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president of Liberia.

Liberia on 7 February 2013 unveiled a five-year investment plan which outlines priorities for rebuilding the country’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector that had been ravaged by decades of civil conflict.

Access to water and sanitation services in Liberia is still low and many facilities are no longer functioning as Liberia recovers from years of war that ended in 2003.

Four out of every ten people still lack access to water, and only a third of the population have access to sanitation services. An estimated 35 percent of existing clinics and schools do not have adequate water and sanitation facilities.

Solid waste management services are only available in Monrovia City, covering an estimated 55 percent of the solid waste in the capital.

“The Sector Investment Plan being launched today is a guide to all potential investors in the Liberian WASH sector; and it breaks down the high-level targets set in the Agenda for Transformation into the key WASH investment projects, associated costs and time scales required to improve coverage across urban and rural Liberia."

"These investments will thereby assist Liberia in making progress across a range of Millennium Development Goals,” said World Bank Liberia Country Manager, IngunaDobraja.

The WASH Sector Investment Plan developed with support from the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) outlines funding requirements of US$600 million to achieve the targets set for 2017.

Despite development partners’ existing support to the sector, this leaves a US$450 million funding gap to achieve the targets set in the Agenda for Transformation (Liberia’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy).

The investment plan was largely informed by a digital map and inventory of more than 10,000 water points across Liberia developed through comprehensive national mapping exercise led by the Ministry of Public Works, with support from WSP.

The water point atlas revealed glaring inadequacies on the state of functional water points, which helped to formulate policy recommendations.

More than half of the funding priorities focus on improving water, sanitation and solid waste management in urban areas, including rehabilitation of Monrovia’s sewage system.  The investment plan also emphasizes a shift from shallow wells towards piped water systems in urban areas.

Other funding priorities are for WASH services in rural areas; for water and sanitation services in schools, clinics and public areas; and for building capacity within the sector.   

However, funding is yet to be fully mobilized and only a fraction of the investment requirements will be met by committed public resources or donor funding.

According to the investment plan, a large part of the funding gap will need to be covered from user payments for urban services.

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