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Liberia Faces Rising Inflation …Plan International Asserts

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MONROVIA; The Country Director of Plan International-Liberia, Madam Miriam Murray, has disclosed that Liberia Ranks 178, out of 189 on Human Development Index published in September 8, 2022.
Liberia has an estimated population of 5.2 million. The country’s youth population accounts for 65 percent, under 25 years of age, with females accounting for 49 percent.
She said the country continues to face economic hardship compounded by the outbreak of COVID-19, which ended few years ago.

She indicated that Liberia continuous to experience rising inflation, affecting family livelihood, Children Education, and also resulting in prices of goods and services as well as high cost of living.

Madam Murray made statements at a local hotel in Monrovia at the start of a five-day ‘Youth Empowerment Summit, organized by the SOS Children Villages- Liberia.

According to her, Gender Equality and women empowerment, the high prevalence donor scarcity, limited resources for gender equality and women empowerment, high unemployment against youth, drugs abuse, education and livelihood are also critical challenges that Liberia faces.

According to Madam Murray, there is, however, an increased awareness and reporting as the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection assesses sexual and reproductive health rights and awareness in communities.

She stressed that there is also a need to sustain the engagement with young people in communities, families Government, policymakers, donors and the civil society’s intuitions and actors aimed at promoting youth empowerment.

She also stressed the importance of meaningful participation of young people in national development and global discourse on key issues that affect them.

While acknowledging that there are huge challenges, Madam Murray emphasized that there is also a great opportunity to explore singularity or in-partnership.

The Plan International Country Director in Liberia pointed out that her organization has increased its programs, focusing on young people empowerment and feminist leadership to ensure that those gaps and challenges which appear to be permanent are addressed in a more holistic manner, with sound strategies and approaches that can result in sustainable investment.

“Our being here today is an example of those many strategies and approaches we have resorted to in our effort to support and work with Youth increasingly,” she said.

She said Plan International is committed to reasonable partnership and collaboration to promote, advocate influence youth, girls, and women education, health and livelihood protection.

There is also a need for partnership with civil society organizations, both local and international although some come with high risks, she indicated.

According to her, Plan International is currently evaluating its five-year country strategy to inform the new Country program which they will develop for the period 2025 to 2030.

She expressed the hope that the nation’s child rights situation analysis will adequately inform program decision in holistic manner with sound strategies and approaches that can result in sustainable investment and programing.
By T.R Dixon

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