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PROMOTING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SHARED GROWTH: A SPECIAL FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURE

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Shared growth is fundamental to Liberia’s efforts to consolidate its economic and social revival, strengthen its democracy, and achieve peace and security. The Government of Liberia’s (GoL) Poverty Reduction Strategy (2008-20011), “toward rapid, inclusive, and sustainable development,” highlights the instrumental value of shared (inclusive) growth. Achieving shared growth will not be easy given Liberia’s continued economic dislocations and narrow revenue base. Development programs and activities will need to draw all segments of the population from across Liberia into the economic mainstream. Since the livelihoods of majority of Liberians are derived from agriculture and rural-based activities, these programs and activities will have to help improve cropping, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry and forest-product development. With the majority of Liberians facing high (and often prohibitive) costs of transport and communications due to the poor state of the roads, bridges, ports, storage and distribution facilities, and telecommunications, ensuring that these improvements materialize will require special attention by the public and private sectors to rebuilding, extending, and maintaining that infrastructure. Supported by the international community, efforts in these areas are already under way. The theme of this year’s Human Development Report is consistent with the GoL’s objective of share

Year: 2013
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