The Pledge

The pledge constitutes rules of engagement. We argue that there is a correlation or direct relationship between each pledge and the preceding proposition. LIPD has partnered with the Project Management University Research Institute to research each hypothesis or proposition. We will debate the issues or data that researchers will gather, confirm or disconfirm the recovery of correlation, and share the results with the world, including those interested in Liberia’s democracy, stability, and prosperity. 

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Pledge 1: County Development Agenda (CDA)
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 integrating policy and politics that resonate with the people, 95%
of the people government represents.

Take the County Development Agenda Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ and
that I do three things: First, I will fight unethical behavior and adopt clear
and strong policies about ethics in government and unethical behavior in the
discharge of my duties and responsibilities to the Liberian people. Second, and
I will encourage open communication, set clear and strict policies, and
encourage whistleblowers to report on unethical behaviors. And third, I also
pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to put in place
internal control systems and support law enforcement agencies and the courts to
severely punish any person found guilty of unethical acts anywhere in
government.

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of that I do two
things: First, I support and encourage policies of the Liberian government that
are committed to increasing investment in information technology. Second, I
pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to set strategic
technological goals and work together to achieve them.

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Pledge 10: Ethics & Morality

 Proposition: Since ethical stewardship creates model values
and behavior worthy of emulation improves trusted relationships with
stakeholders, and supports long-term interest over short-term interest, then
installing moral values in government will give an excellent reputation to the
country and increase direct investment opportunities. Unethical leaders, on the
other hand create a work environment that breeds distrust, uncertainty,
dishonesty, greed, and low employee morale.

Take the Ethical Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ and
that I do three things: First, I will fight unethical behavior and adopt clear
and strong policies about ethics in government and unethical behavior in the
discharge of my duties and responsibilities to the Liberian people. Second, and
I will encourage open communication, set clear and strict policies, and
encourage whistleblowers to report on unethical behaviors. And third, I also
pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to put in place
internal control systems and support law enforcement agencies and the courts to
severely punish any person found guilty of unethical acts anywhere in
government.

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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. 

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Pledge 2: Corruption

Proposition: If corruption weakens the rule of law and good governance, sabotages economic growth, distorts and exploits public investments, and endangers national security, then the eradication of
corruption will be a significant step in achieving economic and political stability
in Liberia.

Now take the Anti-Corruption 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 fight
corruption and adopt clear and strong policies about corruption and unethical
behavior in the discharge of my duties and responsibilities. Second, and I will
encourage open communication and whistleblowers to report on corruption and
unethical behaviors. And third, I also pledge to work hand in hand with the
Liberia government to put in place internal control systems and support law
enforcement agencies and the courts to severely punish any person found guilty
of corrupt and unethical acts anywhere in government.

Pledge 3: Checks and Balances System

Proposition 1: If the Liberian government espouses and
advocates democratic ideals, including the checks and balances system, then,
duly sworn officials of government will not allow one branch of government to
make the law, enforce it and execute it. The fusion of two or three branches
will theoretically and practically lead to tyranny, denial of liberty, and
arbitrary control of life and property of individual citizens.

Currently, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an agency of the
The executive Branch regulates or sets procedures in tribal trials and determines
tribal court fees. The regulation of and setting up systems for tribal
courts is a function of the Judiciary Branch. The fusion of power could lead to
arbitrary control or denial of equal justice under the law. It’s simply against
the checks and balances system.

Take the Checks and Balances System Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ that
I do two things: First, I pledge to honor and commit to the Checks and Balances
System. I will ensure that the three branches of government, namely the
executive, the judicial, and the legislative branches of government are
co-equals. No one branch should be allowed to dictate or unduly influence the
other branches. Second, I pledge to work hand in hand with Liberia
government to develop and maintain an electoral system that provides free and
fair elections, encourage the participation of all in the democratic process,
good governance, social cohesion, and solidarity among Liberians irrespective
of social status.

Pledge 4: Imports and Exports

Proposition: If exports increase GDP, expand the economy as
opposed to imports that adversely affect economic growth, then Liberia will only
thrive if it keeps a sustainable balance of trade, protect local markets
against imports and made in Liberia initiatives. In other words, Liberia’s
economic growth and expansion depend on the extent to which the county net
imports will continue to be lower than exports.

Take Imports/Exports Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ that
I do three things: First, I support and encourage government policies that increase
exports and provide low-interest loans to local farmers engaged in exporting products or services. Second, and I will discourage the increase in
consumption of imported goods or services, especially rice. And third, I pledge to
work hand in hand with the Liberia government to impose or restrict any
importable product or service that negatively upset Liberia’s trade balance.

Pledge 5: Good Governance

Proposition: If good governance promotes the rule of law,
equality under the law, transparency, and accountability in managing the affairs
of the state, the participation of the poorest and the most vulnerable in
decision-making over the allocation of development resources, then the current
the government will thrive to achieve good governance, otherwise the Liberian
people have the constitutional duty to vote for candidates, in the next
electoral cycle that they believe will not only promote good governance but
thrive to achieve it.

Take the Democratic Leadership pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ that
I do two things: First, I pledge and commit to equality under the law,
participation of all members of civil society in the democratic process, good
governance, and sustainable development. And second, I pledge to work for hand in
hand with the Liberia government to develop and maintain an electoral system
that provides free and fair elections, create social cohesion and solidarity
among Liberians irrespective of social status.

Pledge 6: Education

Proposition: Since education yields significant development
benefits, including future productivity and better income, and economic growth,
then increasing investment in quality education from 2.8 to 5.0 beginning 2022
will increase quality education, skilled labor force participation,
productivity, and boosts Liberia’s competitive edge in all sectors.

Take the Education Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ that
I do two things: First, I support and encourage any policies or efforts of
government to expand and invest more in educational institutions focused,
especially, on technology, agriculture, engineering, science, and math. Second,
I pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to better manage and
support scholarship students both at home and overseas.

Pledge 7: Democratic Leadership

Proposition: If government officials commit to the equality of
all under the law, strengthen democracy, promote sustainable development,
social cohesion and solidarity, then, to run Liberia as a fully-fledged democratic
country, Liberian leaders must become democratic leaders in action and indeed.

Take the Democratic Leadership pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ that
I will do two things: First, I pledge and commit to equality under the law, the
the rule of law, participation of all members of civil society in the democratic
process, good governance, and sustainable development. And second, I pledge to
work hand in hand with the Liberia government to develop and maintain an
an electoral system that provides free and fair elections create social cohesion
and solidarity among Liberians irrespective of social status.

Pledge 8: Political Parties

Proposition: Since political parties are essential to the
stability of the democratic system, then a political party that works to
identify issues throughout the year contributes to Liberia’s democratic
stability more than those political parties that burgeon during election
periods and fizz out afterward.

The Political Party Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the
____or district of the county of ______ that we will do four things: First, we
will accept the results of democratically held elections. We will concede, in
good faith, to the victors, and will do our part to assist the government-elect
or the incumbent in the supreme interest of the Liberian people. Second, we
will continue to perform our responsibilities as a viable instrument for
democratic governance including constructively criticizing the policies or
taking the government to court if we feel the Supreme law is, in any way,
violated. And third, we pledge to work hand in hand with duly viable parties
and communities to debate important issues or identify any threat -internal or
external-that may pose an imminent danger to the country and the survival of
Liberian people. Fourth, we pledge not to encourage any illegal demonstration,
or engage in acts intended to sabotage or overthrow the duly elected government
or official of the government.

Pledge 9: Information Technology

Proposition: If the use of intelligent information technologies serves
as catalysts of economic growth and transforms society, empowers institutions
to increase performance and productivity, work better and faster, then Liberia
will invest in the innovation and creation of intelligent technologies, including
software and hardware.

Take the Technology Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of that I do two
things: First, I support and encourage policies of the Liberian government that
are committed to increasing investment in information technology. Second, I
pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to set strategic
technological goals and work together to achieve them.

Pledge 10: Ethics & Morality

 Proposition: Since ethical stewardship creates model values
and behavior worthy of emulation improves trusted relationships with
stakeholders, and supports long-term interest over short-term interest, then
installing moral values in government will give an excellent reputation to the
country and increase direct investment opportunities. Unethical leaders, on the
other hand create a work environment that breeds distrust, uncertainty,
dishonesty, greed, and low employee morale.

Take the Ethical Pledge

I, ______, pledge to the citizens and residents of the  ____or district of the county of ______ and
that I do three things: First, I will fight unethical behavior and adopt clear
and strong policies about ethics in government and unethical behavior in the
discharge of my duties and responsibilities to the Liberian people. Second, and
I will encourage open communication, set clear and strict policies, and
encourage whistleblowers to report on unethical behaviors. And third, I also
pledge to work hand in hand with the Liberia government to put in place
internal control systems and support law enforcement agencies and the courts to
severely punish any person found guilty of unethical acts anywhere in
government.

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