The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Liberia 2040: A Development Roadmap

Fall 2017 PBPL 85 Global Policy Practicum Final Report
Course Projects
January 30, 2018
Julia
Decerega
Allyssa
Dobkins
Else
Drooff
James
Fair
Oscar
Guerra
Connie
Lee
Ray
Lu
Anthony
Marquez
Savannah
Moss
Hannah
Pruitt
Garrison
Roe
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Executive Summary

This report is the product of over 12 weeks of rigorous research, including two weeks in Liberia. The team consulted development economics, health and policy literature, as well as newspapers and personal memoirs. In country, we met with public and private sector leaders including the World Bank, United States Embassy, Liberian Revenue Authority, small business owners, and local professors. This paper was also influenced by our more informal interactions with Liberians. Whether it was morning election updates with our drivers, heated political discussions on the flight into Monrovia or soccer games with vacationing aid workers, all of these exchanges helped us build a well-rounded understanding of the nation. The report aims to take these varying and nuanced perspectives of Liberia and provide economic and political recommendations to the incoming government. Each of the recommendations falls under five main themes: bolster human capital capacity, develop a road network, increase access to electricity, expand domestic production, and reduce corruption and reform government practices.

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