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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with Joel Lamstein, President of JSI
April 24, 2013
President Sirleaf (right) praised JSI's work helping rebuild the capacity of the Liberian civil service.
Currently, 63 young professionals enlisted in the program are strengthening the capacity of 10 ministries and four agencies in Liberia. Recruited from all major universities in Liberia, the program has a gender breakdown of 56% female and 44% male, and boasts a 100% retention rate. Many graduates from the program are actively employed by the government, including the first and second classes of PYPs who were fully absorbed by Liberia’s Civil Service Agency. Many young professionals now serve as mentors to incoming classes of young professionals, while others have pursued graduate studies, after which they will return to Liberia.
With increasing economic growth and political stability, Liberia is in transition from post-conflict reconstruction to medium-term growth and poverty reduction. Local responsibility for development and capacity-building has increased with an overall shift to country ownership as a model for sustainability. The significant impact that this program has had on the ministries, agencies, and government personnel makes the program an essential component of Liberia’s strategy to strengthen public sector capacity—aligning with the National Capacity Development Strategy and closely coordinated with Liberia’s Civil Service Agency and the Ministry of Planning’s (MoP) Capacity Development Unit.
The concept of country ownership has been widely endorsed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., PYPP donors, and the government of Liberia.
*The Liberia President's Young Professionals Program is made possible by the support of the Hess Foundation, Scott Family Foundation, McCall MacBain Foundation, Humanity United, Nike Foundation, Open Society Institute, NoVo Foundation, Belinda Stronach Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Mailman Family, Simonds Family, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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