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Liberia

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Accelerate Liberia’s economic development by addressing youth employment and local capacity-building.

The context

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 a U.S. dollar a day.

Our work

  • Children & Youth: Increasing access to basic alternative education for out-of-school adolescents and young adults
  • Economic opportunity: Connecting youth with apprenticeships and financial training and services to secure productive employment
  • Emergency response: Meeting water and sanitation needs of refugees from Cote d’Ivoire

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