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ISS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

January 2020

A Bumpy Road to Peace and Democracy: Liberia's Power-Sharing Government

In 2003, after 14 years of civil war and as many failed treaties, representatives of Liberia's government, rebel groups, and civil society came together in Accra, Ghana, to negotiate a peace agreement. They chose Gyude Bryant, a businessman unaffiliated with any of the factions, to head a transitional government made up of ministers from the incumbent political party, the two main rebel groups, and independents, including opposition politicians and civil society leaders. Bryant's primary goals were to maintain peace and pave the way for elections by the end of 2005---an assignment that entailed disarming and demobilizing more than 100,000 combatants, creating the means to deal with crucial issues ranging from truth and reconciliation to governance reform, and addressing a long list of other tasks---all of it under the scrutiny of Liberia's legislature as well as regional and international organizations. Although successful democratic elections in late 2005 marked the achievement of Bryant's primary aims, his fractious government failed to reach other important objectives, including building capacity and ensuring that resources earmarked for development served their intended purposes. The difficulties led to a novel, temporary system of governance---shared with international partners---that targeted procurement, spending, and other aspects of financial management. This case offers insights useful for planning transitions in low-income, divided societies where prolonged conflict has gutted institutional capacity. It is part of a series on transitional unitygovernments that includes South Africa, Tunisia, and Kenya, among others.

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European Union observers were deployed throughout Liberia during the 2005 elections.


Featured ISS Interview

In his interview with ISS, Issac Adewole discusses his term as minister of health of Nigeria (November 2015-May 2019), especially his role in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. He explains the finances of the project, including obtaining funding from the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as managing the funds through the Central Bank of Nigeria. He also discusses how the project was implemented throughout Nigeria and the challenges of managing a program involving many federal and state agencies in a large country like Nigeria.

 

 

 

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ISS Monthly Newsletter Archive

December 2019/January 2020

November 2019

October 2019 - Seattle Earthquake Preparedness

September 2019 - Indoneisa Anti-Corruption

August 2019 - Amazon Rainforest

July 2019 - Tirana, Albania

June 2019 - Early Childhood Development Urban95

May 2019- Vietnam Health

April 2019 - Uganda Revenue Authority

February 2019 - Cape Town Water

January 2019 - Ethiopia Health

December 2018 - Ethiopia Tax

November 2018 - Colombia Health

October 2018 - South Africa Health

September 2018 - Rwanda Health, South Bend Smart City

August 2018- Vietnam Tax Chicago Smart City

July 2018 - Nuevo León Police

June 2018 - US Ebola Response

May 2018 - Rwanda Revenue Authority

April 2018 - Indonesia Tax

March 2018 - Human Trafficking

February 2018 - Liberia Payroll US TIGER

January 2018 - US Heirs Property

December 2017- Indonesia Land Agency

November 2017 - India Open Defecation

October 2017: Anti-Corruption Series

September 2017: Rwanda Land, Colombia Coffee

August 2017: Indonesia Corruption , Brazil Soy

July 2017: Tanzania and Australia Land

June 2017: Reforming Procurement Systems in South Africa

May 2017: Tunisia Open Government

April 2017: Liberia Ebola Response

March 2017: Land Administration

February 2017: Brazil Anti Corruption

January 2017: Property Rights & Land Administration

December 2016: Reconciling the Impossible: South Africa's Government of Unity

November 2016: The Ongoing Drive for Sustainable Cattle Ranching in Brazil

October 2016: Managing Tense Elections

September 2016: Indonesia's 2014 Presidential Transition

August 2016: Reforming Brazil's Military

July 2016: Graduates to Government: The President's Young Professionals Program In Liberia

June 2016: Delivering on Presidential Goals in the Dominican Republic

May 2016: Pockets of Effectiveness in Senegal and Indonesia

April 2016: Evaluation in Benin & Croatia Defense Reform

March 2016: Powersharing in Tunisia and Kenya

February 2016: Morocco Water, Tunisia Microfinance

January 2016: Mexico Veracruz and Ghana Presidential Transition

December 2015: Peru and Kenya Judiciaries

November 2015: Protecting Forests, Mitigating Climate Change

October 2015: Open Government Partnership

September 2015: Mexico's Presidential Transition

August 2015 Indonesia Military

July 2015: Kenya 2030 Strategy

June 2015: Calderon's Prexidency in Mexico, Anti Corruption in Luthuania

 May 2015: Bihar India Modernizing Systems to Improve Service Delivery

 April 2015: Two New Case Studies on the Philippines

 March 2015: Monitoring Kosovo's Courts 

 February 2015: Pakistan's Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program

 January 2015: ISS Announces a New Online Course

 January 2015: Reducing Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon 

December 2014: Lagos State and Vietnam: Promoting Reform at the Local Level 

November 2014: Political Transitions in Chile

October 2014: Tunisian Elections

 September 2014: Strategy Development in Serbia and Estonia

 August 2014: Strategy Development in Malayasia

 July 2014: Effective Reforms in Brazil

June 2014: Public Sector Innovation in Mexico

May 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Afghanistan

April 2014: Elections in India

March 2014: Transforming Citizen Services

February 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Indonesia & the Philippines

January 2014: Anti-Corruption Agencies

December 2013: South Africa's Transition to a Non-Racial Democracy

November 2013: Reform Leaders on Effective and Accountable Civil Service

October 2013: Improving Policy Management and Service Delivery

September 2013: Combatting Corruption and Mediating Election Conflict

 August 2013: Improving Service Delivery and Reducing Election Violence 

July 2013: Increasing Accountability and Efficiency in Civil Service

June 2013: Government Delivery Units

May 2013: Anti-Corruption Commissions

April 2013: Election Reforms in Zambia and other Countries

March 2013: Civil Service Reforms in Brazil

February 2013: Infrastructure Projects, Government Investments and Obstacles

 January 2013: Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Baltics and Nigerian Elections

December 2012: Reforming City Management in Palmero and Johannesburg

November 2012: ISS Marks 100 Case Studies

October 2012: Kenya Open Data and the Rapid Results Approach

September 2012: Cabinet Reform and Anti-Corruption Agencies

August 2012: City Management in Bangalore and Rapid Results in Madagascar

July 2012: Indonesian and Georgian Reforms

June 2012: Revenue Collection in Liberia

May 2012: Center of Government in the Batics

April 2012: Indonesian Accountability and Nigerian Electoral Reform

March 2012: Improving Government Accountability, Leading Reform

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2012 Newsletter