UN launches over US$121m appeal for Liberia
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordination office has launched a consolidated international donor appeal for US$ 121,577,279 for Liberia for 2012.
UN Resident Coordinator for Liberia said the money is needed to implement 40 projects presented by 20 participating agencies in the areas of Water and Sanitation, Education, Logistics, Health, Protection, Food aid, Agriculture, and Nutrition.
Launching the appeal in Monrovia, Mr. Moustapha Soumaré said, focus should be placed on urgent needs, and work towards longer-term recovery in Liberia.
According to a press statement, he said the consolidated appeal helps to achieve a common strategic approach, which is essential for an efficient response that builds on each organization’s strengths.
According to the UN official, this also allows them to appeal for funds cohesively, and not competitively, so that people in need can be supported in a timely, predictable and accountable way.
Eyebrows raised over Sirleaf inclusion promise
The Liberian Senate has begun confirmation hearings for in-coming officials of the second term government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was inaugurated last month.
Most of those that have so far appeared are ministers and former officials who had served in the president's first term.
After taking the oath of office, Africa’s first elected woman President promised to form a government of inclusion.
But almost her entire cabinet named, nearly all of those she has appointed so far served in her ruling Unity Party members, served in the previous government or are her close political allies.
WADR’s Monrovia Correspondent reports.
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