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Fourteen years of civil war mean water supply and sanitation (WSS) access data in Liberia is generally unreliable. It also means that the WSS sector has seriously deteriorated and a complete rehabilitation, including re-starting operation and maintenance (O&M) activities is required.
With around 500,000 internally displaced people, about half living in camps and half in informal settlements, the urgency is clear. The only marginally functional urban WSS system, in the capital, Monrovia, has been severely stressed by rapid population growth.
Against this background, this report looks at country's WSS sector as a whole, examining the framework of both rural and urban provision, key agencies, donor involvement and how they are all combining and performing to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world where it works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives in economic growth, agriculture and trade, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. www.usaid.gov