Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, is a West African country bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east. . Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves in 1847, Liberia experienced relative peace until a military coup in 1980, which was followed by nine years of authoritarian rule. In 1989, a rebellion led by opposition leader Charles Taylor launched a civil war in which an estimated 250,000 were killed and many thousands were displaced.
Conflict persisted until 2003, when Taylor, then president, was convicted in Hague for war crimes related to the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. Following President Taylor’s subsequent resignation, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected as the President in free and fair elections in 2005. Despite the peace that followed, Liberia’s economy and social development has stagnated as a result of the conflict.
President Johnson Sirleaf’s government was hailed by the international community for its promising efforts in reconstruction and stabilization, but the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in 2014 slowed Liberia’s progress. The country was declared Ebola-free in May 2015, and has since seen only a small number of isolated cases.
||H.E. George WEAH
||H.E. Jewel TAYLOR
|Minister of Finance and Development Planning
||Hon. Samuel D. Tweah
|g7+ Focal Point
||Mr. Numene B. Reeves, Assistant Director, Plan Development and Coordination Unit (PDCU), Department of Budget and Development Planning, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
New Deal Implementation
Liberia has been a member of g7+ since 2010 and was heavily involved in the establishment of the New Deal process. It was in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, that the New Deal’s five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals were first formulated and endorsed. Liberia is one of the seven New Deal pilot countries; it completed a fragility assessment in 2012 and has started discussions on a Compact/Mutual Accountability Framework.