At the end of Liberia's civil war in 2003, The Carter Center affirmed its long-standing commitment to the people of Liberia and joined them to help rebuild their country and consolidate the peace. When Liberia's Ebola epidemic struck in 2014-15, The Center shifted its focus and resources to address the crisis at hand and provide long-term aftercare.
The Carter Center has observed the 2005 and 2011 national elections and has implemented innovative programs to support access to justice and access to information, and to address the mental health crisis caused by the conflict. The Carter Center's current interventions build on years of engagement in Liberia that includes conflict mediation from 1992 through 1997, strengthening civil society institutions, and observing elections in 1997.
Since 2006, The Carter Center has worked at the invitation of the government of Liberia to help educate citizens on the rule of law and provide informal justice services to historically marginalized rural citizens. Today, the Carter Center's Access to Justice Project works to:
Recognizing the importance of access to information in post-conflict Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the nation's first Freedom of Information law on September 2010. In advance of the law's historic passage, the Center's Global Access to Information (GATI) Initiative was invited to support the process of establishing an access to information regime in Liberia. Since beginning our work in 2009, the Center has provided technical assistance and advice to civil society, media, government, and the information commission partners in the law's implementation, oversight, enforcement, and use. Additionally, we completed a study of barriers facing women in the exercise of their right to information and will work with key partners to develop and implement creative solutions to help overcome related gender asymmetries.
Since 2010, the Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to strengthen the national mental health system. The three objectives of the program are to:
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(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016)