Roles of Traditional Chiefs in Liberia-2012-04-19 - Nov 2019

Governance Commission-Liberia


Several studies have been carried out by the Government of Liberia, USAID and United Nation agencies (i.e. World Bank, IMF, UNDP& UNECA) in anticipation of and preparation for decentralization in Liberia. Although decentralization in most African countries has faced major challenges, the effort itself has been driven by three competing demands: indigenous people demand for ever-increasing rights-based popular participation, good governance and decision-making; the governments‘ desires for legitimacy, control and the delivery of public goods and services; a strong agenda by international actors for efficiency, accountability and transparency. Over recent decades, decentralization has been attempted in several African countries with some successes and failures.  Similarly, the execution of decentralization measures in Liberia, a unitary state, is expected to proceed with some challenges which can be addressed good sequencing of key priorities: empirical research, proper planning, stakeholder consultations, policy formulation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
The first step is that the Government of Liberia through the Governance Commission has commissioned this study on The Roles of Traditional Chiefs in a Decentralized Governance System in Liberia.The main purpose of the research was to examine the traditional chieftaincy as an institution and identify ways in which traditional chiefs could be effective actors in a decentralized governance system in the country.

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