Centralised government model in Liberia has proven to offer low development trends over the past decades, with potential disadvantages on its citizenry. The developmental and governance trends have posed challenges on the distribution of funds accrued from natural resources and other basic social services to its citizens.
In 2012, a National Policy on Decentralisation and Local Governance was launched as a means of establishing a framework for effective and efficient service delivery at the subnational level to enhance participatory resource allocation and expense decision making processes. To also strengthen local planning, monitoring and management capacity. In 2013, the government of Liberia with support from the UNDP and other development partners, established the Liberia Decentralisation Support Program (LDSP) to serve as a vehicle for resource mobilisation and program support in making decentralisation a reality. In addition to the gains made was the establishment of the County Service Centers, the passage of the Local Government Act (LGA), amongst others.
However, more need to be done especially in creating the avenue for decentralized revenues collection, budgeting and expenditures that will involve the participation of local and subnational structures.
To this end, RHRAP project “Legislative Advocacy for the passage of the Revenue Sharing Bill” seeks to advocate and influence the National Legislature to pass the Revenue Sharing Bill into Law that will enable citizens to have access to revenue at local level which is in addition to the frantic efforts by the UNDP, National Government, and other Civil Society Organizations.
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