Diagnosis Note for Liberia
United Nations projections are that by 2050 Liberia’s population will have almost tripled to 6.7 million, with 68.2 per cent of its people living in urban areas. Like many other countries, Liberia is currently developing a national urban policy to manage this urbanization sustainably, and to leverage the opportunities it brings to accelerate achievement of the country’s development agenda and poverty reduction strategy.
The development of such a policy has five phases; the feasibility phase, diagnostic phase, formulation phase, implementation phase and the monitoring and evaluation phase. Liberia is currently conducting its diagnostic phase, which when completed, it will be followed by the formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation phases.
This Diagnosis Note analyses the issues raised in the feasibility phase: it identifies urban trends in Liberia, priority opportunities and challenges. It also proposes key areas for consideration during policy formulation.
The report is intended to be useful to policy makers and stakeholders involved in Liberia’s NUP development. It also has useful information for other local and national governments involved in a similar process. With urbanization now one of the most pressing development issue, Liberia’s NUP progress so far will be important information for all sectors concerned with urbanization and the future.