Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition a national umbrella organization promoting transparency and accountability in Liberia recently launched with support from USAID through the Legal Professional Anti-Corruption Program has made the latest call for effective monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Liberian Government Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity & Development.
According to James Koryor, Coordinator of LCACC, Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of poverty strategies are critical elements in the efforts to achieve sustainable and equitable development. Under its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity & Development (PAPD), Liberia has outlined its commitment to empower Liberians with the tools to gain control of their lives thru more equitable provision of opportunities in education, health, youth development, and social protection (Pillar One, PAPD). In line with this broad development objectives, the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and partners have developed the Accountability and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Program, which seeks to broaden citizens’ capacity, create opportunity for citizens’ participation and feedback on the quality, adequacy, and efficiency of key services largely through the Citizen Score Card (CSC) process.
Mr. Koryor stated that the Citizen Score Card (CSC) is a citizen-based monitoring tool – a hybrid of the techniques of social audit, community monitoring, and citizen report cards. It has a strong focus on empowerment and accountability as it includes an interface meeting between service providers and the community that allows for immediate feedback on quality and adequacy of services provided in the community. The CSC is also used for: tracking inputs or expenditures generation of benchmark performance criteria used by communities and service providers to assess their services monitoring the quality of services over time comparison of performance across facilities/districts, generating feedback mechanism between providers and users to strengthening citizen voice and community empowerment.
The Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition will develop clear indicators to evaluate key objectives of the PAPD with a direct focus on Pillar One “To empower Liberians with the tools to gain control of their lives thru more equitable provision of opportunities in education, health, youth development, and social protection”.
The CSC pilot project will be carried out in two priority sectors of Pillar One of the PAPD – health, and education. Approximately 500 stakeholders will be involved in the process at the community level alone, including teachers, pupils, health workers, and community members. The Pilot project will focus on three counties including Montserrado, Margibi and Bomi Counties and will last for six (6) months.