Institutional Development and Capacity Building for the Governance Commission
- Reference: P-LR-KF0-002
- Approval date: 18/01/2013
- Start date: 23/05/2013
- Appraisal Date: 01/09/2012
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: Governance Commission (GC)
- Location: GOVERNANCE COMMISSION (LIBERIA)
The project is a stand-alone FSF grant operation funded from the Targeted Support Window for Technical Assistance and Capacity Building (Pillar III) under the Fragile States Facility. The project's aim is to build transparent, accountable and responsive public institutions, and inclusive and participatory governance systems that contribute to economic and social development in Liberia. This will be achieved through strengthening the capacities in key public institutions engaged in political and institutional governance and accelerating the implementation of governance reform policies in the country. The program has three (3) main components, namely:
(i) Capacity Building of the Governance Commission;
(ii) Accelerating Governance Reforms; and
(iii) Project Management. Developing and sustaining human capital in Liberia remains a great challenge. The key institutions of government are critically short of the necessary skilled and qualified professionals to carry out tasks of institutions and nation building, which are hallmarks of fragile states, especially those rebuilding after conflict. The FSF Pillar III support is therefore designed to help countries like Liberia address these weaknesses. The project will result in: enhanced implementation of National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Programs; streamlined mandates and functions of Government Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) to increase efficiency and cost reduction; promulgation of instruments to enhance public integrity; and implementation of policy framework for partnership among the Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector to boost service delivery, job creation and socio-economic development. The project's expected results also include cross cutting issues such as gender and the environment; for example, the project will analyze and publish a report on the state of civil society nation-wide. The project will also develop policy reports to address critical gaps in institutional responsibility and mandates, including enhancing the role of women in development and natural resources and environmental management.
The project has two objectives, namely:
(i) Strengthen capacity of the GC; and
(ii) Accelerate implementation of governance reform policies.
Governance reforms continue to be important in rebuilding Liberia, and the Governance Commission (GC), along with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA) are central in helping the Government meet its objectives.
The Government attributes the series of crises that besieged Liberia over the last quarter century - from war and mismanagement to human rights abuses and deepening poverty - largely to poor governance and disrespect for the rule of law. The Government and the international development community have made remarkable efforts toward rebuilding of the state, with significant improvements in economic recovery and growth over the past five years. GoL and its partners have also focused on addressing poverty and strengthening capacity to allocate and manage public resources in order to deliver efficient and accountable services, among other peace dividends. However, such efforts would be unsustainable without reforms to governance and public institutions. Thus the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS II) (Agenda for Change), Pillar IV identifies institutional development activities as pivotal.
This Project is directly linked to the objective of the PRS II, which is to create transparent, accountable and responsive public institutions that contribute to economic and social development, and inclusive and participatory governance systems. The Government is also preparing its second medium-term growth and development strategy for 2012-17 (The Agenda for Transformation) (AfT), which is aligned to GoL's first Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). The current project will also help realize several areas of the AfT, which has the following pillars:
(i) Peace, security, and rule of law;
(ii) Economic transformation;
(iii) Human development; and
(iv) Governance and public institutions. The Project is also aligned to the Liberia Joint Assistance Strategy (JAS), 2008-2011 (extended to December 2012) of the African Development Bank and the World Bank. On the Bank side, the Project is also in line with Guidelines on Administration of the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program of Pillar III Operations of the Fragile States Facility and the African Development Bank Group's Strategy for Enhanced Engagement in Fragile States (SEEFS). The overarching aim of the JAS, as well as FSF operations in the country is to support Liberia's transition from post conflict recovery to long-term development. The Project is specifically linked to the JAS Pillar I: "Rebuilding core state functions and institutions"; Pillar III: Governance and Rule of Law; and, the crosscutting theme of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The project aims to deepen governance reforms, and building strong institutions that deliver peace and economic dividends to all citizens.
The main beneficiaries of the project are the GC whose capacity will be strengthened to carry out some of its core functions by procurement of consulting services, and training of its staff (30% of whom will be female) on scientific research and report writing at Liberian institutions and on policy analysis at external institutions or participating in short-term refresher workshops at professional development institutions. The National Legislature and Executive will also benefit from the principal policy documents and strategies that will be produced, including the Annual Governance Performance Report to be submitted to the National Legislature and Executive Office. MACs will also benefit from the project in that they would have their mandates and functions rationalized to streamline operations, reduce cost and increase efficiency. In addition, a code of conduct will be developed for the entire public sector. CSOs and private sector will also be impacted by the project through the partnership framework that will be developed with Government. The project will also benefit the entire Liberian population through the governance reforms that will be implemented.
YEANAY Alex Saye - ORTS1