Archive | August 2013

Liberia Ten Years Later


A policeman soliciting a bribe on the streets of Monrovia.

By: Blair Glencorse. A longer version of this piece was originally published in African Arguments.

A decade ago on August 18th, 2003, the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement brought Liberia’s horrific 14 year civil war to an end. As this small West African country faded from the international headlines, a new era of hope began. Deeply entrenched networks of corruption were a central cause of violence,and Liberians sought to move away from the past and towards a clean, accountable government that put the rights of its citizens before the self-interest of its power-holders. Read More…

The Fate of Liberia’s Fourth Estate

ImageBy Yasmin Anis, Accountability Lab Summer Resident.

As the Lab has written about previously, Liberia under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made considerable progress in terms of development and governance- from dismissing tainted civil servants, to enforcing transparency, to pushing through new strategies and legislation to address graft. Against a variety of measures- including the World Bank’s Governance Indicators, Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, and the Open Budget Index– Liberia has exhibited steady progress in the past decade. Read More…