The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has committed US$2 million to Liberia’s Social Protection Program.
UNDP Chief Administrator and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, signed on behalf of the institution while Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell signed for the Government of Liberia in Monrovia over the weekend.
The was disclosed by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at a joint press conference with Madam Clark at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Monday.
Minister Ngafuan said the funds will provide support for extremely poor Liberians and labor-constrained households in Lofa and Bong counties and that the program is expected to be expanded to other counties.
He thanked Madam Clark and the UNDP for the continuous support to Liberia’s recovery program, especially following the outbreak of the Ebola virus which attacked all sectors of the society.
For her part, Clark thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government and people of Liberia for the level of work and effort in tackling the virus, especially in the area of community empowerment.