Proposition: If the Country Development Agenda, including its pillars, are measured by the criteria drawing from the Pro-Poor Policy, Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the Millennium Development Goals, then achieving CDA goals will improve the standard of living in rural Liberia including the country as a whole. It will show that the government is “walking the talk” and improving relations between the government and 95% of the people she claims to represent.
Take the County Development Agenda Pledge
I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the ____or district of the county of ______ and to the people of Liberia people that I do three things: First, I will completely support and abide by the County Development Agenda, including its five pillars and priority projects. Second, and I will oppose any efforts to decrease resource allocation, including money, human resource, and materials or equipment to the implementation of CDA. And third, I pledge to work hand in hand with the president, the government, and stakeholders interested in improving the standard of living in rural Liberia.
County Development Agenda (CDA)
The CDA calls on the national government to do four things, the Four Pillars, for rural Liberia or the 15 counties. These pillars are security, economic revitalization, governance and the rule of law, and infrastructure and basic services. The CDA also lists specific urgent projects and has asked the government to implement them quickly. Those projects included paving of all primary roads and most secondary roads to connect agriculture communities to market; construction and rehabilitation of health facilities with proper staffing and affordable services; and much-expanded education services.
Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS)
The PRS lays the groundwork to build roads to carry goods to market, enable rural Liberians participate in local governments vested with increasing responsibility and resources, create greater economic and political opportunities for Liberians and increase the living standard of Liberians throughout the country.
The Pro-Poor agenda consists of a wide range of programs, including equitable distribution of national wealth, increasing productivity through agricultural processing and marketing, production of rice, cassava and vegetables, developing quality infrastructure and a skillful labor force, investing in infrastructures such as roads, affordable energy, air and seaports, telecommunication, housing, water, sanitation, education, and healthcare.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The vision of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focuses on achieving eight goals namely, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.