GoAL WaSH Liberia

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UNDP GoAL WaSH stands for UNDP's programme on Governance, Advocacy and Leadership for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, an initiative to scale up water and sanitation services for the poor.

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The GoAL WaSH Project in Liberia

Scope of the Project

Liberia is a poor West African country in a period of transition after over 23 years of civil conflict and humanitarian emergencies, which saw the country’s GDP per capita decline by 84% between 1980 (US$800) and 2003 (US$120). Out of a total population of 3,476,608 people, nearly two out of three Liberians live below the poverty line. The proportion of Liberians with access to improved water (68%) and sanitation (17%) facilities is below regional averages for urban water supply, as well as for urban and rural sanitation.

The Liberia GoAL WaSH project is designed to contribute to the Poverty Reduction Strategy of the Government of Liberia. The main objective of the project is to ensure strengthened national capacity in Liberia to manage and plan the water and sanitation sector and promote equitable accessibility, availability and affordability for urban and rural areas and across gender, disability and ethnic boundaries.

The Challenges Addressed

Water governance in Liberia is characterised by a multitude of fragmented and uncoordinated responsibilities between different ministries and entities, against a background of gravely inadequate water and sanitation services in both urban and rural districts. However, a framework for a more coherent institutional structure has been approved, which proposed the establishment of a National Water Resources and Sanitation Board under the aegis of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy. This board will have representation from the key ministries involved in delivering water supply and sanitation. The workhorses of the board will be a National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee and a Water Supply and Sanitation Commission which will both have operational responsibility.

The Actions

The project supports the Ministry of Public Works in making the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee operational and the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy in making the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission operational. A Senior Technical Adviser has been appointed who assists the ministries in securing effective budgetary and other financial support for the Committee and the Commission, advises on staffing, assists in designing a work plan with prioritised outputs, and work with other public sector and civil society organisations to raise the national awareness of the need for safe drinking water and sanitation.

The National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee is expected to become the key coordinating entity for the water and sanitation sector. The Water Supply and Sanitation Commission, when operational, is expected to promote a clear and comprehensive regulatory framework for Water Supply and Sanitation. In order to ensure sustainability of the project the Senior Technical Adviser is coupled with a National Coordinator thus ensuring capacity building and national ownership which will ultimately take over the leadership.

The Achievements

  • The NWSHPC has been constituted in May last year and was institutionalized by the Ministry of Public Works in January 2012 with the appointment of a National Coordinator. The Executive Order for the WSSC has been drafted and is awaiting Presidential signing. Elections held in late 2011 saw the re-inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in early January this year, subsequent to this there has been a reshuffling of some ministerial positions one of which is the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME). MLME is the ministry responsible for presenting the WSSC Executive Order to the President and this is anticipated to be done immediately after World Water Day on 21 March
  • The National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee has been mobilised and is meeting every second Thursday. As intended the Committee has become the key driving force in the sector and these meetings are well attended by all major stakeholders in the sector
  • Financial resources have been secured for the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee. UNICEF will fund the placement of a National Coordinator and a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Committee. A proposal has been developed for the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission and active fundraising has started
  • UNDP GoAL WaSH is providing mentoring and capacity building support to National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee staff in advance of their official start in January 2012. The building blocks are in place for the appointment of the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission team, the organogram has been developed, job descriptions written and salaries defined. As soon as funding is secured the recruitment process will commence. Terms of References for the key consultancies needed for the development of departmental plans for the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission will be done once funding is secured
  • A work programme has been developed for the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee. This is in the form of an annual agenda framework for the Committee which is aligned with the deliverables of the Liberia WASH Compact. The Water Supply and Sanitation Commission workplan is currently being developed
  • Cross country learning and sharing of experiences has occurred with Swaziland, Sudan and Ghana


Links & Resources

GoAL WaSH Liberia Brochure [1]

The Liberia WASH Compact Review [2]


See also

UNDP GoAL WaSH

GoAL WaSH Bosnia-Herzegovina

GoAL WaSH Cambodia

GoAL WaSH El Salvador

GoAL WaSH Kyrgyzstan

GoAL WaSH Laos

GoAL WaSH Madagascar

GoAL WaSH Mongolia

GoAL WaSH Niger

GoAL WaSH Paraguay

GoAL WaSH Tajikistan

GoAL WaSH Togo


Contacts

For more information regarding GoAL WaSH in Liberia, please contact:

  • Mr. Momo Kamara

National Coordinator, GoAL WaSH Project Liberia

momo.kamara@undp.org

  • Mr. Moses Massah

Programme Specialist/Manager, Energy and Environment

moses.massah@undp.org

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