“We need to achieve an ‘accountable decentralization’ that puts resources directly into the hands of local communities and families,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Alan Doss.He praised the Government’s progress and challenged the participants to come up with innovative ways of planning and carrying out cooperation programmes. “Can we bring our resources together in a more cohesive and coordinated fashion as we are doing, for example, in the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Programme? How can we secure donor harmonization and coherence for the benefit of Liberia?” he asked.Mr. Doss urged the Government and its development partners to think about “doing development differently” to ensure that resources get to those who need them most. Presenting her “ambitious agenda,” President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf highlighted the importance of ensuring that the people of Liberia can move around safely and they are involved in gainful economic activity with access to education and health services.The donor conference was attended by senior Liberian officials as well as representatives from the African Union, European Union, Unites States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, India, Germany and Denmark, and officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the UN.

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