January 10, 2011
In September 2010, the Gates Foundation announced an effort to tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities: Cairo, Egypt; Luanda, Angola; Lilongwe, Malawi; Monrovia, Liberia; and Harare, Zimbabwe. The goal of the projects is to foster a productive relationship between city government and the urban poor that can serve as a model for other developing world cities to follow as they seek to address the challenges of urban poverty.
This four and half years “MCC IMPAC” project will increase adequate access to primary waste collection services for the majority of urban poor households and communities, educate households, and increase awareness on proper waste containment practices at the household levels and will also engage in streets naming and numbering as well as house numbering.
The Philanthropy Secretariat’s role in the process has been in engaging the BMGF in a series of discussions via phone as well as in supporting the MCC during the development of the “MCC IMPAC” project.
Speaking on behalf of the Monrovia City Corporation Acting Mayor Broh expressed her gratitude to the BMGF for this huge initiative and reassured her support in the implementation of the project. Hon. Davis emphasized the Philanthropy Secretariat’s continued commitment to facilitating support from foundations in support of initiatives aligned to the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).
About the Philanthropy Secretariat
Since 2006, philanthropists and foundations have played a vital role in supporting Liberia’s reconstruction and development process. The Philanthropy Secretariat was conceived as a mechanism to respond to several key challenges faced by foundations working in the country and to strengthen philanthropist-supported contributions in Liberia. Through generous support from funders including the NoVo Foundation, Humanity United, the Daphne Foundation and the McCall MacBain Foundation, the Government of Liberia launched the Secretariat in April 2009. Liberia is the first country in the world to create an office dedicated to facilitating the work of foundations and philanthropists.
Since its inception, the Secretariat has strengthened foundation support for Liberia through improved information sharing. The Secretariat has also encouraged new foundations to begin funding in the country. Since the office’s launch in 2009, nine foundations have made first-time grants in Liberia.
Hon. Natty B. Davis
Director, Philanthropy Secretariat