MPW, WHH Share Perspectives On “Pro Poor” Rural Programs
Authorities of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the NGO, Welt-Hunger-Hilfe (WHH)-Liberia have both shared perspectives on rural development related projects in Liberia.
The briefing was held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 when a 3-man delegation from WHH paid a courtesy call on Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan at his Lynch Street office. The Program Manager Ms. Sinikiwe Dube, and the Program & Accountability Coordinator Mr. Trokon Bryant, headed the WHH delegation.. WHH is a German based development organization supporting rural development programs in Agriculture, Infrastructure, Women Empowerment and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Liberia with focus in the Southeast.
During an interactive discussion, both partners agreed to work together to consolidate development in the areas of WASH and Road Infrastructures.
WHH Program Manager Ms. Sinikiwe Dube briefed the Minister on phase 5 of the program, noting that phase 5 of the Reintegration, Recovery and Program is an extension of phase 4, which, according to her, is a joint initiative between the Government of Liberia represented by Public Works Ministry and the Federal Government of Germany through the KFW (German Investment Bank).
The project, she said focuses on WHH core mandate of fighting all forms of hunger and malnutrition, strengthening farming families in regions most affected by hunger, strengthening humanitarian aid and linking it with development, and to diversify and internationalize the donor base, etc.
She named Grand Gedeh, RiverGee and Sinoe Counties as areas in which they are currently operating. The specifics of their work, she said entail rehabilitating feeder roads to support agriculture thereby creating access to markets, helping to empower women to produce cash crops through back yard gardening as well as providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene related services.
Ms. Dube then informed the new Public Works Minister that their key partners are Ministries of Public Works and the Ministry of Health.
For his part, Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan told the WHH delegation that in whatever they do, they should consider the pro poor agenda, a policy enunciated by President Weah which is about positively impacting the lives of rural dwellers.
He urged them to continue to collaborate with his Ministry in capacity building and information sharing.
In summary, the National WASH Coordinator Abdu Hafiz Kromah told the press shortly after the briefing that the delegation’s visit was in support of current planning efforts to support rural WASH and road infrastructure programs.