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PRO-POOR AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT (PAPD)

Republic of Liberia Mr. Benedict Kolubah; Assistant Minister for Planning/ National Coordinator; Mr. Melvin Crawford; Lead Program and Project Advisor; Mr Dehpue Zuo; Economist/Program Advisor; Ms. Re-Al Myers; Sustaining the Peace/Program Advisor; Mr. Teakon J. Williams; Governance/Program Advisor; Mr. Mlen Too Wesley, Principal Advisor for Program and Policy; Ms. Marianne Caballero, Governance Advisor, Tony Blair Institute Country Resources Development and Poverty Strategies Liberia 20 November 2018 Guidelines development, employment

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The Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development 2018 to 2023 (PAPD) is the second in the series of 5-year National Development Plans (NDP) anticipated under the Liberia Vision 2030 framework. It follows the Agenda for Transformation 2012-2017 (AfT). It is informed as well by lessons learned from the implementation of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy 2007 (iPRS) and the Poverty Reduction Strategy (2008-2011).

The fundamentals underpinning the PAPD are: i) Liberia is rich in human and natural resources; but ii) is deprived of development largely because its human capital lacks the knowledge to transform the natural resources into wealth—whether through farming, mining, fishing, or other productive ventures that require technology or financial investments. Consequently, Liberia is relatively rich in natural capital but relatively poor in relations to its peers in both human and produced capital. Moreover, because of a legacy of entrenched inequality in access to development opportunities, widespread infrastructure deficits and pervasive poverty have become the binding constraints to future growth and prosperity.

The Pro-Poor Agenda is about the people, how to strengthen their capacity to thrive; and how to draw all Liberians living at home and abroad into the national development process. Over the next five years, addressing the basic needs of Liberians for income security, better access to basic services, and greater opportunities for self-improvement in an enabling environment that is inclusive and stable will be at the core of the pro-poor agenda. While one of the aims over the long term remains raising per capita income levels and economic status to a middle-income country as outlined under the Vision 2030 framework, the focus over the next five years will be on removing the binding constraints to reaching that goal.

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