On last Thursday 16 January 2020, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development is pleased to present its two years President Meter Project report covering January 2018-January 2020.
The President Meter Project seeks to monitor, track, document, rate and report on the performance of President George Weah against promises he made during and after the election as well as track the government’s development agenda from January 2018 to January 2020. During this period, the institution tracked and rated 92 promises of which 7 promises were completed constituting (8%), 38 promises are ongoing (41%), and 47 promises (51%) have not started or not rated due to the lack of available information to assess progress made towards implementation. This tracking was undertaken against the assumption that citizens care deeply about whether their government has followed through on what it originally promised and provides citizens the tools to cut through the misinformation that so often plagues political discourse surrounding the status of government.
This project has tracked, documented and rated 92 promises (65 promises from the Coalition for Democratic Change Manifesto 2017 and 27 promises from campaign speeches, policy statements and presidential priority projects).
The 7 completed promises include:
- Payment of the WASSCE fees for all 12th grade students (Public and Private Schools)
- Renovation of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
- The passage of the Land Rights Act
- Reduction of salaries for public officials under the Executive Branch of Government
- Pavement of the Doe Community Road to Clara Town
- Construction of New Kru Town Fire Victims Homes
- Revised and Launched of the National School Curriculum (Grades 1-12)
The 92 promises tracked were placed under four pillars as outlined in the CDCs Party Manifesto.
Pillar One: POWER TO THE PEOPLE, 32 promises were tracked of which 3 were completed, 15 ongoing, and 14 promises not started or not rated.
Pillar Two: ECONOMY AND JOBS, 36 promises were tracked, 4 promises were completed, 15 ongoing and 17 promises not started or not rated.
Pillar Three: SUSTAINING THE PEACE, 10 promises were tracked, 4 promises are ongoing and 6 not started or not rated.
Pillar Four: GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY, 14 promises were tracked, 4 promises are ongoing, and 10 not started or not rated.
Of the 92 promises tracked under the four pillars, 11 promises were focused on Education and Training of which 2 are completed, 6 ongoing and 3 not started, 8 promises on Health and Sanitation 1 completed, 5 ongoing, and 2 not started, 3 promises on Gender Equality, 1 ongoing and 2 not started, 5 promises made on Youth Reorientation and Empowerment, 3 promises are ongoing and 2 not started, 5 promises on Physically Challenged and Senior Citizens None Started and 4 promises on Accountability and Anti-Corruption none started.
Additionally, 12 promises on Sustainable Economic Growth, 1 completed, 5 promises are ongoing, 6 not started, 7 promises on Agriculture and Forestry, 1 completed, 3 ongoing, 3 not started, 16 promises on Infrastructure Development 2 completed, 6 ongoing and 8 not started, and 5 promises on Justice and Human Rights 1 ongoing, 4 not started.
It was observed that during the 2 years period, President George Weah’s administration, has taken no tangible actions on promises around Accountability and Anti-Corruption as well as promises on Physically Challenged and Senior Citizens; while limited efforts have been placed on Gender Equality, and Justice and Human Rights in Liberia.
The promises were categorized based on four scales as highlighted below:
Completed: This is when a promise has been confirmed to be achieved,
Ongoing: This is when the government is working toward achieving a promise, but the promise has not been fully achieved,
Not rated: This is when information is not easily accessible to verify whether an action has been taken on a promise,
Not started: This is when no concrete action has taken place in response to a given promise.
In tracking and documenting these promises, several distinct yet inter-related quantitative data monitoring tools were used. They included: extraction, verifying promises, and monitoring and tracking.
A database was established where all information generated from the various tracking tools was stored and collated. In order to ensure accuracy, information on promises tracked was triangulated using primary data source (Government official records), Non-partisan Think Tank reports, civil society reports and independent media reports, and interviews conducted with government officials. The outcome of this triangulation was also reinforced by the findings of on-site visits by NAYMOTE staff.
Through this triangulation method, data was analyzed, findings were generated, and conclusions made whether a promise could be classified as completed, ongoing, not started or not rated.
The Executive Director of the Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, Eddie Jarwolo said, the objective of the President Meter is to promote democratic accountability, improve government’s performance and strengthen public service delivery. He said, his institution is providing the space for ordinary citizens to contribute and participate in their democracy, and to hold their elected leaders accountable on campaign promises made.
Recommendations: The following recommendations are advanced for consideration by the government:
- Cooperation from government institutions in terms of providing timely information to our President Meter project team.
- Develop a results-based communication strategy to facilitate a two-way flow of information between the government and citizens.
- Establish an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate government’s efforts in fulfilling promises.
- Develop a monitoring and evaluation system for monitoring government’s promises and link them to the pillars of the Pro-Poor Agenda and its implementation.
The President Meter Project is sponsor by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). OSIWA plays a dual role in the region as both an advocate and grant-maker by enabling itself to be agenda-setters both within and alongside other organizations working on the ground.