World Bank Approves US$40M for Governance Reform

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first_imgThe World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors have approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Liberia to help address governance reforms and human capital development in the country.World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Larisa Leshchenko, who spoke yesterday at a quarterly media dialogue with journalists held in Congo Town, said the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III) grant, which includes US$8 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), will support government’s strong policy efforts to adjust to the twin shocks of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices.“We are pleased to inform you that Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara and I signed the agreement to enable the operation to become effective. This operation will strengthen governance, with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capital development, particularly through improved access to education and health,” Ms. Leshchenko said.She said the poverty reduction grant agreement is the third in a series of four operations and that Liberia has developed a good track record of undertaking difficult and challenging reforms.These reforms, according to her, are crucial for helping to create the enabling environment for the transformation of the economy and the improvement of lives.Reforms on governance, she said, will also help to create a more transparent government, limit corruption, and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Addressing the lack of electricity, she said lowering its price “helps to increase access to both residential and business customers, thereby not only providing more light for children to study by at night, but also facilitating the development of the manufacturing sector, including the agro-industry.” Additionally, Ms. Leshchenko informed journalists that the WBG and the Liberian government signed a US$4.2 million grant of the bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund to support the completion of key construction of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in the country, including the completion of the Mesurado Fish Complex and the integration of the Mesurado-Robertsport Cluster.“We like to reiterate that the process of developing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Liberia has started,” she added.Explaining further, she said the CPF will guide the bank’s engagement with Liberia over the next three to five years and the bank will work towards engaging with various stakeholders, including the media, to get inputs.These inputs, the World Bank Manager said, will be important to the development of the CPF, which will assist the bank to identify constraints to poverty reduction and shared growth, adding that the WB considers the media an important partner in working towards achieving these goals and objectives.Meanwhile, Program Leader Errol Graham said “This operation will help the Government of Liberia to strengthen governance with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability. It will also address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and will help mitigate the commodity price shocks.”He said the grant will also strengthen the weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgA Donegal adventurer and former soldier has undertaken a gruelling march across Ireland in support of a colleague fighting cancer. Anraí Ó Domhnaill completed his charity power-walk in five days, covering 343.6km from Carrickfinn in west Donegal to the Curragh Camp in County Kildare.The Carrickfinn man covered a strenuous 343.6km over five days walking from Carrickfinn to the Curragh Camp in Co. Kildare. Anraí ‘s friend John, based in Kildare, was diagnosed with cancer and his colleagues in the Defence Forces organised a 5km fun run and obstacle course at the Curragh Camp to help raise funds for the Tullamore Cancer Unit where John is currently receiving treatment.Anraí, who served in the defence forces with John, decided to support him and the charity event in a solo walk while carrying 19.5kg pack plus two hi-tech trackers to monitor his progress.His total hours of walking reached 60 hours at an average speed of speed 3.6mph burning a massive 33,000 calories.Camping out each night, Anraí’s route covered Carrickfinn on the Wild Atlantic Way to The Curragh on Ireland’s Ancient East via Dungloe, Glenties,Donegal Town, Finner Camp Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Mullingar Rochfordbridge Rhode, Portarlington,Monasterevin, Kildare Town, Curragh Racecourse to Curragh Camp. He started out at 6pm on Friday 24th June and finished early morning on Thursday.Anraí’s challenging walk inspired others to sign up for the charity 5k.He received a huge welcome in the Curragh Camp from John and hundreds of army, navy & air corps personnel from around the country who had gathered for the 5km charity fun run/obstacle course which Anraí also completed on his arrival.And of course Anraí did the 5k!He told Donegal Daily: “I’d like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who supported the event. “It was a tough journey but I enjoyed doing it and it was for such a worthy cause.”BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP INSPIRE ANRAÍ’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY MARCH FROM CARRICKFIN TO CURRAGH CAMP was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Anraí Ó Domhnailcancercharity marchdonegalkildarelast_img read more