In Liberia, the stabilisation process that followed the 14-year civil conflict has shown uneven progress.The state remains fragile and the country’s economy and institutions are still struggling with the aftermath of the Ebola crisis.
The pandemic concerned a total of 10,666 cases and 4,806 reported deaths between March 2014 and May 2015 (WHO Ebola situation report, 6 May 2015).The outbreakhad a significant and long-lasting impact, undermining social cohesion, resilience and socioeconomic development of already fragile communities and exposing the most vulnerable groups to protection risks and stigmatisation. Liberia was declared Ebola-free for the first time in May 2015, but subsequent circumscribed flare-ups well into 2016, highlighted the challenge of maintaining effective monitoring and prevention systems.
Despite residual elements of concern, the overall situation in Liberia appears relatively stable. The socio-economic and security situationisincreasingly conductive to durable solutions. The voluntary return of Ivorian refugees resumed in December 2015 with UNHCR assistance. In a context characterised by limited displacement caseloads with no foreseeable forced population movements, and no Ebola emergency at the time of writing, humanitarian needsare naturally decreasing and the attention is shifting towards longer-term development.Based on the current situation, DRC is planning a gradual scale-down of its operations in Liberia, with a focus on capacitating duty bearers and partners in view of a responsible exit.
Snapshot of main DRC activities
- Cross border initiatives to strengthen resilience, community-based protection and conflict prevention capacities in the border areas with Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
- Protection and border monitoring through Community-Based Protection Committees with particular focus on women, children and Ebola survivors and establishment of referral pathways with service providers
- Reinforcement of Early Warning Systems in fragile border areas with a past history of forced displacement and Ebola flares.
- Empowerment of adolescent girls through cultural activities, livelihood initiatives, community mobilisation and engagement of local stakeholders and males groups.
- Community-led recovery and peace building.
- Improving livelihoods opportunities, food security, water and sanitation (WASH) with a special attention to adolescent girls, women and children.
- Integrated response to the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic through a cross-border recovery approach (Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea).
When, Where and How Many?
- DRC has been present in Liberia since 1998.
- The DRC target areas are the counties of Maryland, River Gee, Nimba and Lofa
- As of May 2016, DRC targets 85 communities in Liberia, with a total population of approximately 127,500 individuals.
Ebola Crisis Promo
Livelihoods / Resilience Promo