Assistance for "Rebuilding Communities in Post-Conflict Liberia - Empowerment for Change" Project
June 7, 2006
- On the 7th of June (Wednesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 3,965,571.12 US dollars (approximately 440.18 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Rebuilding Communities in Post-Conflict Liberia - Empowerment for Change" that will be implemented in the Republic of Liberia by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
- Liberia is emerging from the aftermath of a fourteen-year-old armed conflict that resulted in forceful displacement of one-third of the population, destruction of social infrastructure and abandonment of agriculture. This project aims at supporting communities in Liberia to restore their livelihoods by encouraging their members to participate in the decision making processes in the re-construction activities at the community level. The following activities will be implemented:
- Forming and training district development committees in the communities to enable them to identify and determine local development needs;
- Improving farming and black smith skills through training;
- Revitalizing the local economy by providing agricultural inputs and creating labor opportunities such as labor intensive works;
- Enhancing access to basic social services such as rehabilitation of schools, clinics and water and sanitation facilities.
- This project is expected to assist rebuilding the local communities in Liberia and in turn contributing to sustaining the peace and security in the country.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported more than 150 projects from UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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