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DFID has a small bilateral programme in Liberia focused on a few niche sectors and managed from the Sierra Leone office. Liberia is a highly aided country ($186.59 per capita) but still has a poverty rate of 56.3%. Economic growth has averaged just over 7% a year since 2004, but the economy remains very small (GDP £1.4 billion in 2014). Liberia is 12th from the bottom of the global Human Development Index and it is ranked 62 out of 86 countries in the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index, with some of the worst social indicators in the world. With elections due in 2017, President Sirleaf’s 2 terms (a total of 12 years) will end and it will be critical to see whether a smooth transition can be made from post war society to a low-income but politically stable one.

Top priorities

  • infrastructure rehabilitation focused on roads, water, sanitation and hygiene and solid waste management
  • reforming the health sector
  • future focus of DFID’s bilateral programme will be infrastructure, natural resources, revenue mobilisation and economic empowerment of girls and women

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Liberia
Liberia page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2016/2017 More information about the total project budget £4,716,702
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.05%
  • Active Projects 5
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 4.5 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2007, source World Bank): 68.64%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 4.72
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 0.0%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Liberia.