NATIONAL INTEGRITY BAROMETER OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA - Nov 2019

Governance Commission-Liberia

Description

The Government of Liberia launched the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in December 2006, declaring corruption as Public Enemy # One, resolving to provide the required resources to tackle corruption comprehensively and effectively. To date, several institutions and laws have been put in place to redress corruption: the Anti Corruption Commission, the Public Financial Management Act, the Public Procurement Act, and the General Auditing Commission, are few of them. A number of civil society organizations have emerged as watch dog organizations.  


While these initiatives are important, they are inadequate with the absence of systemic integrity. Where integrity systems and values waver, incompetence and poor governance become pervasive.  Improving governance entails transforming the relationship between the state and its citizens, and addressing the challenges facing the marginalized—especially those who are underrepresented or disadvantaged. This group includes women; children and persons with disabilities. Youth have also been deprived of early childhood development (ECD) making them vulnerable beginning from their formative years. The Government is make special efforts to ensure that its institutions, policies and processes afford these groups due consideration and equal representation in an effort to build a culture of inclusiveness and participatory governance.
Strengthening the effectiveness and integrity of legal and judicial institutions, expanding access to justice and protecting and promoting human rights are critical to peace building and underpin many other objectives across the PRS. An effective court system is vital to dealing crime—Liberia’s most significant and current security threat. The court system is also essential to economic revitalization in providing the framework for resolving contractual and property disputes, thereby increasing commercial certainty and promoting private sector growth. The effort to defeat corruption depends on effective action through the courts, and providing more equal access to justice will contribute to eliminating the marginalization of vulnerable groups. Such disenfranchisement provides the fuel for future conflict.

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