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Liberia (5)

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:00

Empowerment and livelihood for adolescents


In Liberia, of women aged between 20-24, 5.9% of them gave birth before their 15th birthday, and 37% gave birth before their 18th birthday according to the UNFPA (2013). Early pregnancy is a barrier for these women as they are hindered from partaking in decision-making. It also reduces their self-esteem and increases the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

BRAC in Liberia began focusing on empowering adolescents in 2014. We empower adolescents to participate meaningfully in decisions that will affect their lives positively and become active agents of social change, thus creating a supportive environment for the development of adolescent girls at the household and the community level.

We establish clubhouses situated near the homes of target communities, as safe spaces where adolescents socialise and discuss issues of concern, as well as challenges that are common to them. The mentors of each club receive training on teaching through monthly refresher programmes. Teenage pregnancy, limited access to reproductive services and information, malnutrition, sexual and gender-based violence are some of the biggest health issues that adolescents face. Lack of proper services and little knowledge about prevention of unwanted pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases put them at high risk.

Our projects:

ProgrammeProjectDonorStarting DateDuration
Empowering and Livelihood for Adolescents BRAC Liberia Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents - Scale Up NoVo-PIMCO Foundation / BRAC USA January 2016 3 years


  • Enrolled 3,556 members in 60 ELA clubs


We started working in the education sector in 2016 through the Liberian Government’s Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) project. The project is a public-private partnership, geared to dramatically improve learning outcomes for children. With data pointing to poor reading skills among pupils as well as lower gross enrollment ratios in lower and upper secondary schools (2008 -2012), we wish to address these challenges. We are now the second service provider and we operator 33 public schools. Our approach is to get learning outcomes right in a small number of schools, funded at a basic level, and then scale up if reforms are effective. In addition to the PSL project, we have also started an early childhood development programme in partnership with UNICEF. We developed a curriculum, trained master trainers (those who will train others), distributed education materials, and set up guidelines for the operation of 30 centres.

Our projects:

ProgrammeProjectDonorStarting DateDuration
Education Partnership Schools for Liberia Absolute Return for Kids, UBS Optimus, Big Win Philanthropy, ESDC, Government of Liberia, and other private donors September 2016 3 years
Learning and Caring for Young Children in Liberia UNICEF September 2016 1 year 6 months



  • Increased learning outcomes for primary school’s children
  • Educating 8000 children through the PSL project in 33 government primary schools


  • Established 30 Community-based ECD centers
  • Constructed 30 playgrounds using locally made materials
  • Distributed learning materials to 100, 000 preschool children
  • Trained 300 teachers and 30 caregivers
  • Conducted inter-sectorial awareness on ECD for 360 participants
  • Educating 900 kids (3-5 years old) through our community based ECD centres
Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00



Liberia is an emerging economy. According to the UNICEF 1990 - 2012 recorded data, GDP per capita annual growth rate of Liberia stands at 5.5%. Despite such growth, a vast majority of the population live on less than USD 2 a day. Access to credit is still extremely limited. According to the World Bank, Liberia ranks 172 amongst 193 countries for doing business.

We established our microfinance company in Liberia to provide micro-loans and small enterprise loans for people who do not have access to formal financial institutions. We seek to address the challenges by increasing access to microfinance services for people in poverty, initiate sustainable micro-enterprises and strengthen the institutional structures for effective management of microcredit systems. Microfinance services provide additional source of employment with a significant impact on the clients’ family income. The small enterprise programme strengthens institutional business capacity. We are helping the government of Liberia to achieve its goal of developing a well-founded and effective microfinance sector.

Our projects:

ProgrammeProjectDonorStarting DateDuration
Microfinance MSME Central Bank of Liberia November 2017 1 year


  • Provided 25,360 microfinance clients with a total outstanding portfolio of USD 3.78 million
  • Provided 1,539 clients with small enterprise loans at a total outstanding portfolio of USD 1.47 million
  • Portfolio-at-Risk (PAR) microfinance 0.06 and SEP is 2.48
  • Operational self-sufficiency 115.59%
Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00



Liberia has an infant mortality rate of 61 per 1,000 live births (2010-2015) according to the UN. The 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey placed maternal mortality rate at 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births. These challenges can be minimised by increasing the access of affordable healthcare services to people in poverty, especially in rural, hard-to-reach areas.

We started our health programme in Liberia to focus on the prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health of women and adolescents, as well as reducing infant and under-five mortality. We are increasing accessibility to health services by taking healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in the communities.

We identify and train women from the communities to become community health promoters. The health promoters reach out to community members in both accessible and inaccessible areas. They conduct daily household visits and are the central point of contact for health concerns in their communities. They earn a small income from selling healthcare products such as oral rehydration solution, sanitary napkins, hygienic soap, water purification tablets, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and some over-the-counter drugs, such as paracetamol, antihistamines and antacids.

Our projects:

ProgrammeProjectDonorStarting DateDuration
Health Strengthening TB/HIV Collaboration to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity The Global Fund May 2017 7 months
Strengthen provision of community awareness and mobilization on maternal and neonatal health, and family planning services; for reduction in Maternal and Neonatal death UNFPA June 2017 6 months


  • Increase knowledge and understanding within communities on SRH issues and Maternal Health services, Family Planning methods, and other RH available services for utilization.
  • Increase knowledge to 218 teachers (male /female), 1974 students (boys/girls) on reproductive maternal health and family planning issues.
  • Community Health Promoters and other community engagements activities took awareness to communities, availing referral services, through household visits (door-to-door services (154,341 house hold)).
  • Conducted pregnant mothers meeting, youth forum, and CHDC meetings, at community level and also conducted Male network meetings, at county level.
  • Carried out reproductive health, maternal and family planning awareness at 39 School health sessions, conducted by trained teachers and program assistance at school the level.
Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:00

Agriculture and livestock


Agriculture is the largest sector of the Liberian economy, making up over half of all economic activities and is the most important source of income for women. Rice and cassava has for a while been the staple food. Although rice is highly consumed, it is imported on large-scale. Many Liberians involved with agriculture grow not what they eat due to subsistence farming.

Our programme addresses the problem of poor crop productivity in Liberia by improving the efficiency and management of small to medium farm enterprises. We also address the problem of poor livestock production and productivity through capacity development of famers, ensuring supply of essential inputs and creating market linkages.

We empower mostly female agriculture farmers by increasing crop production and profitability of agricultural ventures. The programme operates through community agriculture promoters who have prior farming experience. These promoters receive a package consisting of intensive training on crop production practices, microfinance loans and supplies which they utilise to inform and assist other farmers, enabling them to substantially improve crop harvests. These promoters benefit from increased yields on their individual farms as well as gain from an additional income of selling services and inputs, such as high quality seeds, to their farming neighbours.

The programme is also designed to decrease livestock mortality, raise farm productivity and income and increase rural employment. It includes a wide variety of small-scale production systems in rural and peri-urban areas. We undertake activities through self-employed community livestock and poultry promoters. These promoters, who are primarily female, receive intensive training, microfinance loans and supplies which are used to inform and assist other farmers. The promoters benefit from increased yields on their own farms as well as new income from selling services and inputs like poultry vaccine, medicine and also benefit from sharing knowledge amongst other interested farmers.

Our projects:

ProgrammeProjectDonorStarting DateDuration
Agriculture and Livestock Pro-Act 2015 (Pro-Resilience Action) Agriculture and Livestock European Union October 2016 2 years


  • Supported 195 households out of 390 most vulnerable households with skills trainings, tools and Cash for work opportunities
  • 2,080 households drawn out of 5,200 smallholder farms received technical support as agriculture inputs
  • Farming activities received 7 out of 10 water pump installation
  • Ministry of Agriculture validated our study report, for which six workshops and study reports were conducted for six communities on risk assessment, preparing action plan / study findings
  • 120 out of 300 demonstrations of nutrition rich varieties, post-harvest technologies, poultry / livestock activities were conducted, with 91 accounting for agriculture, while 29 are poultry and livestock
  • 13 out of 26 entrepreneurs received trainings with support provided
  • The 13 branches each receive 8 nutrition awareness campaigns and 8 resilience building workshops

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