Peacebuilding Fund in Liberia
The United Nations Secretary General in October 2007 approved a total of US $ 15 million for Liberia under the UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF). Liberia is also the first country to benefit from the Fund’s ‘second window’, established to address immediate needs that help prevent insecurity, in addition to being the first country in which the process will be in-country driven.
The UN and Government of Liberia jointly determined through a Priority Plan that funding would go toward projects that fall under three broad categories: fostering national reconciliation and conflict management; critical interventions to promote peace and resolve conflict; and strengthening state capacity for peace consolidation.
A Joint Steering Committee of the Liberian PBF, is co-chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs, and UN Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (Recovery and Governance). The Joint Committee also has representatives from four other Ministries, bilateral and multilateral partners, as well as NGO and the private sector.
The Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the Liberia Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) has approved five projects, estimated to cost US$ 5 million to help accelerate and solidify the peacebuilding process in Liberia. The approved projects are expected to commence shortly, with implementation being carried out by government institutions and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with oversight being provided by recipient UN Agencies.
The projects cover a wide range of activities ranging from, strengthening the Rule of Law; Establishment of a Peacebuilding Office in the Ministry of Internal Affairs; Community Empowerment through a Peace, Human Rights, and Civic Participation programme; an Agriculture training programme for ex-combatants; to implementation of peace, human rights and citizenship education in the School System in Liberia. Separately, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was provided two vehicles under the fast-track interventions of the Liberia PBF in early September, for outreach work to end violence sounding land disputes in two Counties.
Several other projects are under review for funding from the remaining funds approved for Liberia under the “Second Window” of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).