Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.


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.     


Waging Peace
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:

  1. Deliver civic education and free community legal services in more than half the country;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of customary communities to resolve local disputes consistent with the law;
  3. Link the justice concerns of underserved rural citizens to the policy process. 

Read more on the Carter Center's Access to Justice program in Liberia >

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.

Read more about the Carter Center's ATI work in Liberia >

Learn more about the Center's past Election and Conflict Resolution work in Liberia >


Fighting Disease
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:

  1. Train a sustainable and credentialed mental health workforce;
  2. Assist the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in establishing and implementing the National Mental Health Policy; and
  3. Reduce stigma by supporting the formation of advocacy groups and by empowering service users and their family caregivers.

Read more about the Carter Center's health work in Liberia > 

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Map of Liberia


Size: 111,369 square kilometers

Population: 4,195,666

Population below poverty line: 64 percent

Life expectancy: 59 years

Ethnic groups: Kpelle, Bassa, Grebo, Gio, Mano, Kru, Lorma, Kissi, Gola, other

Religions: Christian, Muslim, Traditional, other, none

Languages: English (official), some 20 ethnic group languages of which a few can be written or used in correspondence


(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016)

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