The Peacebuilding Fund in Liberia
Liberia has made remarkable peace gains over the past 14 years. The election of President George Weah in December 2017 marked an important milestone with the peaceful transition from one democratically elected government to another. However, many of the root causes of Liberia’s conflict remain unaddressed. The concentration of power in Monrovia and the imbalance in the provision of public services persist as sources of discontent in the country. Land disputes, corruption, and concession-related tensions continue to be the main triggers of violence.
PBF Investments in Liberia:
Total allocation: $61 million invested from 2008 to 2018
Current portfolio: $14 million
Helping Liberians gain access to justice
Better management of conflict at the community, regional and national levels
Signaling its commitment to inclusive and sustainable development and to addressing Liberia’s outstanding peacebuilding priorities, the new government is preparing a National Development Agenda for 2018-2024 that will link peacebuilding priorities to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is sustaining peace in practice. As the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed has noted: “Peace can only be sustained where sustainable development is achieved; and development gains will always be at risk without sustained peace.”
The UN Peacebuilding Commission has led efforts to ensure that international support to Liberia is sustained and coordinated, particularly to avert the “resource cliff” that often occurs when countries transition from conflict and peacekeeping missions draw down. The Peacebuilding Commission’s Liberia configuration, chaired by Sweden, prioritized two issues in 2017: support for the development and implementation of the peacebuilding plan; and support for the transition of the
"Peace can only be sustained where sustainable development is achieved; and development gains will always be at risk without sustained peace." - UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed
UN peace operation mandate to engagement led by the UN Country Team. The Government of Liberia submitted the peacebuilding plan on 20 March 2017, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2333 (2016). The UN system, the World Bank, the European Union, and civil society actors, as well as the Peacebuilding Commission, provided support to the Government as it developed the plan. The Peacebuilding Commission convened meetings in New York to seek inputs to the plan and monitor its implementation, and provided a platform for UN leadership in Liberia to identify with Member States financing and expertise gaps expected following the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Going forward, the National Development Agenda of the new Government is expected to incorporate the peacebuilding plan, and will form the basis for future engagement between the Government and the international community, including the Peacebuilding Commission.