Friday, 7 March 2014


The Liberian government has chosen a development model reliant on extractive industry projects, including large-scale agriculture, mining, logging, and hydrocarbons. But legal scandals and frustrations among people living in concession areas raise questions as to whether Liberia has the governance capacity to manage so many large projects.In January, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suggested that such questions were no longer welcome, criticizing national and international NGOs working on natural resources during her annual message to the Liberian legislature. At the same time, however, Liberia has taken encouraging first steps towards accountability, charging eight officials over the corrupt awarding of natural resource concessions.

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