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: Spreading the Word December 1, 2005
Tuzan Village, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia - On the stoop of a gray mud house near the center of this lush farming village, Jessica Quarles pulls aside adolescent boys and young women, one by one, to get their thoughts on the biggest public-health risk to their generation.
Liberia: Now Broadcasting Where No Other News Can Go November 16, 2005
Of the 193 countries in this world, perhaps none is more dysfunctional, impoverished and wretched than Liberia, a nation of three million people on the west coast of Africa.
Liberia: In War's Aftermath, a New Model of Progress October 27, 2005
Liberia: Hope is On the Horizon September 29, 2005
One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, freed slaves from the United States founded Liberia in hopes of creating an America where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were truly inalienable rights. "The love of liberty brought us here" was enshrined as the West African nation's motto.
Liberia: Community Radio Gets a New Lease on Life February 9, 2004
Interpress Service News Agency Abdullah Dukuly
Liberia: Peace, but Misery Still Pouring Down in Liberia September 2, 2003
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland) on August, 30 2003]
Liberia: Mercy Corps Office Proves to be a Calm in the Midst of Liberia's Storm August 18, 2003
The recent shelling of Monrovia by belligerent forces, sent thousands of Monrovians and foreign nationals running helter skelter in search of safe refuge wherever such was available.
Liberia: A View from Liberia July 25, 2003
[Editor's Note: The following answers are from a Liberian member of Mercy Corps' staff in Liberia in response to a series of questions from the Mercy Corps' headquarters staff.]
Liberia: Mercy Corps Launches Emergency Water Program July 11, 2003
In response to evidence of increased cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases, Mercy Corps is launching an emergency water supply program in Liberia to help victims of civil war cut off from clean water.
Liberia: Growing Concerns over Humanitarian Conditions in Liberia July 2, 2003