Action Dialogue Status: Complete
The Government of Liberia, through the Aid Management and Coordination Unit (AMCU) at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), organized a high-level field visit and Action Dialogue in March 2022.
The high-level field visit, convened from March 12-13, 2022, was a joint supervision mission between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and development partners and stakeholders from civil society. The objective was to ascertain firsthand, the results and impacts of development assistance in the country.
The high-level field mission was followed by an Action Dialogue, on March 16, 2022, at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia, organized with the objective of strengthening development cooperation and increasing the effectiveness of aid management for results, consistent with national development goals and priorities as enshrined in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD). The field visit provided a vital backdrop to the discussions in the Action Dialogue.
The Action Dialogue created a unique platform for partners and other stakeholders to share their experiences and lessons learnt from the field, deriving new practical solutions on how to better address the challenges affecting development cooperation and project implementation in Liberia.
Some of the identified challenges include:
Lack of concerted coordination amongst development partners, and with government/ PIUs, which affects project management and implementation at all levels, limiting the desired development impacts.
Limited supervision of projects undermines project performance and best value for money.
Delay in the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and payment of contractors and consultants affects implementation timeline.
Absence of strong mutual accountability and transparency, whereby development partners and the Government are not fully aware of major financing within the development space in Liberia
Both government and development partner delegates recognized the need for robust, effective, regular, joint and sustained monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs. They expressed commitment to find actionable ways to promptly address the identified challenges.