Life and Dignity at Risk. The water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Liberia

Liberia WASH Consortium

In Liberia, 3.1 million people out of a total population of about 3.5 million had no access to sanitation facilities such as toilets in 2008.

Liberia’s newly approved water and sanitation policy states that “water is life” and “sanitation is dignity”. These powerful statements signal a welcome commitment in a country where safe water and decent sanitation have long been absent for the vast majority of the population, with catastrophic impacts on life and social welfare.

The key challenge for the Government of Liberia, and the donors who support it, will be to turn this commitment into positive outcomes for Liberia’s people. This report details the current situation before focusing on the questions that will be crucial in the success of this process.

Firstly, is the water and sanitation sector in Liberia prioritized to reflect this commitment? Are there clear, actionable plans to make this commitment a reality? Does Liberia have resources and sufficient support to ensure that communities stop risking their lives and dignity? Finally, what challenges remain and what can be done to address them?

Here's your chance to find out...

About the publisher

The Liberia WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Consortium is a group of five international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs): Action Contre La Faim, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Solidarités and Tearfund. It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and Irish Aid, in order to improve access to WASH in selected communities and improve institutional strength. The Consortium also advocates for policies and financing that particularly benefit vulnerable communities.

Last updated: Tue, 01/04/2011 - 17:44