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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. Help create wide-reaching systemic solutions to poverty, and use technology to drive innovation and social change.

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 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.

Our work

  • 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

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