Accelerate Liberia’s economic development by addressing youth employment and local capacity-building. Help create wide-reaching systemic solutions to poverty, and use technology to drive innovation and social change.
Although Liberia's economy is growing at an impressive rate — mainly because of price increases in extractive commodities such as rubber, palm oil and minerals — the current GDP is only one-eighth of what it was before the 1986-1996 and 1999-2003 civil wars.
Corruption remains widespread, and social-welfare indicators are worse than most other countries. Three-quarters of the population lives below the poverty line of one U.S. dollar a day, and most young people lack the education or skills training to help them participate in the country’s recovery.
- Agriculture & food: Connecting farmers to markets for high-value agricultural products like rubber, cocoa, palm oil and vegetables
- Children & youth: Empowering young people to participate in their communities through civil society organizations and social skills training
- Economic opportunity: Connecting youth with apprenticeships and financial training and supporting entrepreneurship with business education and small-business loans
All stories about Liberia
Liberia: Taking precautions during Ebola outbreak August 20, 2014
Our agriculture and youth employment programs continue while our team explains the virus and precautionary measures to communities we work with.
Liberia: Behind the camera: The power of one pen September 9, 2013
Freelance photographer Nancy Farese is documenting Mercy Corps programs in Haiti this week. Prior to leaving, she reflected on her last trip to Liberia in 2011.
Liberia: Youth find work meeting new needs September 14, 2012
Two young men sit outside the shop that's brought them a new source of income.
Liberia: Nobel Peace Prize, elections and youth October 10, 2011
With the award of the Nobel Peace Prize last week to three influential women including two Liberians, the world will surely take notice of the October 11th elections in Liberia.
Liberia: Delivering clean water to Ivorian refugees in Liberia May 3, 2011
Even though the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ended almost a month ago, a humanitarian catastrophe remains. More than a million Ivoriens fled their homes to escape fierce fighting during the crisis, including at least 135,000 people that escaped into neighboring Liberia.
Liberia: More than 100,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia April 11, 2011
Mercy Corps has deployed emergency staff who have conducted assessments in affected communities and are now focusing on urgent water and sanitation needs.
Liberia: Welcome to Liberia May 19, 2010
When writer Bija Gutoff visited Mercy Corps programs in Liberia she was greeted with joyful singing and dancing.
Liberia: Community radio in Liberia May 19, 2010
Mercy Corps is supporting community radio in Liberia. 75-80 thousand people tune in to learn the latest news and community events.
Liberia: On market day in Gio Town, farmers learn a new way to extract palm oil March 31, 2010
Wednesday is market day in Gio Town, a small village in Liberia’s Grand Bassa County. By mid-morning the stalls are crowded with vendors and shoppers.
Liberia: A sweet business: Cocoa brings new hope to Liberian farmers March 31, 2010
Liberia is a lush tropical rainforest, just the right climate to grow cocoa beans. And before the country’s two civil wars, it did just that.