Liberia National Vision - Nov 2019

Governance Commission-Liberia


Following the conclusion of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2003, the idea of undertaking long term perspective studies and developing a national visioning was recommended by the newly established Governance Reform Commission (now the Governance Commission) to be an important element of the national reconstruction agenda. Immediately following her appointment as Chairperson of the Commission by Charles Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the driving force behind the idea, sought the endorsement of the NTGL to establish a participatory process leading to the development of a national long term perspective and national vision project that would foster reconciliation, national cohesion and self-reliant, sustainable and equitable development. Less than two months after the endorsement of the idea by the NTGL, a mission was fielded with the support of the UN to assist in the formulation of a project document.   
At that time - and understandably - issues such as the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, and the reintegration of ex-combatants were quite high on the Liberian reconstruction and development agenda along with humanitarian emergencies. In addition, there was great pressure on local, regional and international bodies to develop comprehensive responses to the humanitarian emergencies. While there is no doubt that such programs were needed, they ended up taking precedence over the long term visioning exercise which therefore was not implemented.
The discussions on formulating a long-term vision for Liberia received a new impetus following the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in January 2006. A project document was signed between United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia represented by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. It was meant to build on the remarkable efforts of the two-year transitional period to consolidate the peace process through the NTGL, the GRC and the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program, GEMAP. It was also meant to enhance the new sense of optimism and confidence in the future and desire of the new administration to shift gears toward national reconstruction at all levels and ensuring at all times that benefits would reach the most vulnerable.

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