Emergency Grant Assistance for Liberia by the Japan Platform (JPF)

April 5, 2004

  1. The Japan Platform (JPF), established in cooperation with the Government of Japan, Japanese business community and NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations), decided on April 5 (Mon) to extend emergency assistance of about 165 million yen funded by the government for the activities proposed by three JPF-affiliated NGOs to support repatriation of Liberian refugees and internally displaced persons in Liberia.

    (1) Adra Japan
    In Tapita Area in Nimba County, despite a rapid increase in the repatriation of refugees, functional is only one well out of existing 28 units. To secure safe daily use of water, Adra Japan will construct ten hand-pump wells. (scale of operation: 12,493,125 yen)

    (2) World Vision Japan
    As assistance for reconstruction in food production for about 15,000 returnees households residing in Grand Cape Mount County, World Vision Japan will distribute agricultural appliance such as hatchets and hoes and cassava seeds and provide food aid under the collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) until the prospect of harvest is seen. (scale of operation: 68,650,155 yen)

    (3) Peace Winds Japan
    Involving local refugees, Peace Winds Japan will construct shelters for 400 households and 100 latrines in Lofa County, which is designated by the United Nations joint assessment as an area in need of particular emphasis on reconstruction assistance. (scale of operation: 83,912,793 yen)

  2. In Liberia, the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in August 2003 between the Government of Liberia and rebel factions, the subsequent inauguration of the National Transitional Government of Liberia and other developments brought to an end the civil war that had continued for about 14 years since 1989. Now that the repatriation of more than 800,000 Liberian refugees and internally displaced persons in Liberia is about to begin, various types of assistance to secure the basics of life for the returnees is an urgent issue, because the local infrastructure and the basic structure of agriculture and other sectors are damaged as a result of the long civil war.

  3. As a measure of consolidation of peace emphasized in the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) process, Japan places particular importance on assistance to Liberia for stability in the West African region.

    The International Reconstruction Conference on Liberia was held on February 6 this year, and the international community including Japan worked to put together support for Liberia. At the conference, Japan defined the following as the priority fields for the time being as its assistance for the peace process in Liberia: (a) Human security, (b) Assistance for the DDRR Program, (c) Humanitarian assistance for refugees and returnees, (d) Assistance for the NGOs.

  4. The forementioned activities implemented through the JPF will realize the support policy for consolidation of peace in Liberia and are expected to enhance "greater visibility of Japanese assistance" through the activities of Japanese NGOs for conflict victims.

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